Citrus conference heads north

The 2015 NZ Citrus Growers Inc conference will be held at the Turner Centre, Kerikeri on August, 20 and 21 and citrus growers from all growing regions are invited to attend.

The programme includes technical and scientific sessions and field trips to mandarin and lemon orchards, and the Kerifresh Packhouse. Matt Watson of the ITM Fishing Show is guest speaker at the conference dinner at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russell.

Citrus growers hold their 2015 conference in Northland this year.

Keynote speaker for the opening session is Doug Edmeades whose topic is ‘Pseudo-science: A Threat to Agriculture’. Other sessions include an outline of Naval orange grade standards with Mark Loeffen; an address by Robin Nitschke on “Experiences of establishing and operating a grower co-operative” and a session on biosecurity.

On day two Wayne Hall will talk about new citrus varieties available in NZ followed by a marketing panel discussion on threats and opportunities for NZ citrus and an update on the citrus research strategy. Citrus flower moth insecticides is the topic for a Plant & Food Research presentation and HortNZ will also update growers on its work on their behalf.

Thanks to sponsorship, attendance at the conference is free to all NZCGI members, and non-members can apply to NZCGI to attend. Conference dinner tickets are available for $50 per person for NZCGI members and conference attendees but number are limited.

Registration closes on Friday August 7 at 5pm, contact NZCGI ( for a registration form. 


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