Upskilling for profitable production

The post-Psa kiwifruit industry has seen new varieties emerge, and with them comes a change in production, new orchard management techniques and the need for greater knowledge of the plant and how it grows.

Graduates of the Bay of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Fruit Production for Profit programme are in demand as employees for post-harvest companies.

The Bay of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Fruit Production for Profit programme aims to upskill those already working in the industry with this new and unique skill set.

The programme, which is delivered part-time during the course of one year, is aimed at helping students gain comprehensive knowledge and skills needed to ensure orchard profitability. Topics covered include financial planning, crop viability, risk management and cash flow.

The course also touches on employment relations, which is a vital part of any successful business. Building effective teams, which are skilled and efficient in an orchard, is becoming a focus and trained staff are essential to any good business.

Fruit Production for Profit is a blended delivery programme – meaning you attend classes in person, but submit all your work online – this creates flexibility for those already working in the industry.

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic group leader horticulture Shelley Rose says graduates of this programme are quickly snapped up because the skills and knowledge they have is not yet widely available in the industry.

“The graduates that come through this programme are head hunted by the big companies due to their unique skill set. Essentially there’s not enough of them to go around,” she says.

The next intake for Fruit Production for Profit starts this July. Call industry liaison coordinator Marlia Fraser on 027 234 2534 or visit


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