Atkinson wins BOPYFG competition
Erin Atkinson, 29, Technical Advisor for Apata Group Limited in Te Puke has been crowned Bay of Plenty’s Young Fruit Grower for 2017 at a special gala dinner in Tauranga.
The day-long competition on Saturday, the 11th of February at Te Puke Showgrounds, followed by the gala dinner, saw six competitors battle it out in a series of practical and theoretical challenges designed to test the skills needed to run a successful export-focused business.
Erin was awarded a cash prize of $1,500 and an all-expenses paid trip to compete for the national 2017 Young Grower of the Year title in August. “It was a tough battle against some of the Bay of Plenty and Northland’s most capable young growers,” said Erin. “I’m looking forward to competing at the national final and will be stepping up my preparation over the next few weeks.”
More information about the competition and results can be found here.