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The day-long event involved a series of challenges essential to success in the horticulture industry.
Andrew Scott, a 29 year-old operations manager from Hewson Farms, pipped the competition at the post to secure the title and win a trip to Australia to visit vegetable production regions, producers and markets. He said the competition was challenging, but rewarding.
“It was great to be able to show to my family, friends and workmates how much I’ve learnt during my time as a grower. I think I’ve really proved myself and I’m looking forward to competing at the national competition later this year,” he said.
Andrew will compete for the Young Grower of the Year title at the national competition on July 23-24. He will be joined by the winners of the Hawke’s Bay Young Fruit Grower (June 6-7), Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower (June 20), and Nelson Young Fruit Grower (June 27) competitions.
Young Grower of the Year manager, Michelle de Jong, said the competition was tough.
“Andrew was a very strong contestant. Nevertheless the competition was strong, as was evident by the marks.”
Runner-up, Brett Parker from Pukekohe, David White from Levin (third), and Aneil Hari from Pukekohe (best speech) also impressed.
“We were very pleased with the calibre of all the contestants. They approached the competition with the right attitude and had done their preparation. They also had great support from their families and employers.”
Michelle said Andrew is expected to shine at the national competition in July.
“It’s hard to know how Andrew will go for the final as the other finalists are not known until June. However, having seen his performance, he is a very good and mature contestant.”