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Bayer support for Young Horticulturist of the year

Bayer CropScience New Zealand continues to gain a high profile in the horticulture industry through their sponsorship of the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition.

The competition not only celebrates excellence and provides finalists with long-term career opportunities, but also aims to increase the number of skilled and qualified workers in the New Zealand horticulture industry.

The awards evening for the competition took place in Auckland on Thursday November 13.

A large part of Bayer’s contribution to the competition is the Bayer Best Practice Award which was this year won by Sarah Fenwick along with a $2500 scholarship prize.

Sarah received the highest score in a range of activities that focused on crop management practices and sustainability.

Bayer New Zealand Managing Director and CropScience Country Manager, Holger Detje, was there to award the prize and says it was great to be there to support the competition.

“We have been proudly sponsoring the competition for the past five years.

“I think it’s a great way to develop interest in such an important industry and it encourages young leaders to find sustainable agricultural solutions for the future.”

Passionate kiwifruit and avocado orchard co-owner, Patrick Malley, took home the Young Horticulturist of the Year title along with three other awards.

The Northlander hopes he will be able to encourage more young people into the horticulture industry and addressed this in the competition’s final challenge – a three minute speech outlining a vision to meet the government’s goal of attracting 15,000 extra people into horticulture by 2025.