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AVOCO expands its technical team
13 August 2018

AVOCO has expanded its technical team to provide more support for growers - a move that reaffirms its position as New Zealand’s leading avocado export group.

Danni van der Heijden has joined AVOCO as a Technical Representative and is now one of three dedicated people within the company responsible for grower technical support and orchard management advice. The team, led by AVOCO Technical Manager Colin Partridge, keeps up-to-date with avocado research and management best-practice, applying science-based methodology to help growers maximise production and become more profitable in their orchards.

Danni hit the ground running in June, attending the AVOCO Grower Conference in Auckland, visiting growers and establishing an AVOCO Tech Team Group on Facebook.

A familiar face to many growers, Danni has previously worked within Trevelyan’s Avocado business unit and prior to that, was at NZ Avocado involved in technical extension with the wider avocado grower community.

She also successfully competed at this year’s Bay of Plenty Young Grower of the Year competition, taking out the 2018 title and earning the right to represent her region at the national competition in Napier later this month.

In taking up her position, Danni says she’s looking forward to using evolving technologies in her work with growers and undertaking new research projects for AVOCO.

“One of those projects will explore issues around post-harvest fruit quality but I’ll also be working with growers to identify trends in their orchards and across different growing regions.”

Avocado research from Australia shared at the AVOCO Grower Conference highlighted how there is always something new to learn about avocados, says Danni.

“We’re constantly learning about the best ways to support avocado trees nutritionally. This means we always reviewing our best practice advice.

“At the conference, research presented highlighted just how tricky it is to manage boron as there is a fine line between sufficient and toxic levels. We also need to investigate more the role that calcium plays in tree health and fruit quality.”

A conference presentation from Professor Andrew Robson explored how Australia’s avocado industry is using satellite technology to help orchard owners make better management decisions. The GIS mapping technology is also being used in New Zealand and Danni’s previous experience with it will benefit a wider group of AVOCO growers.

“The technology can support growers planting new orchards by working out ahead of time the most efficient way to lay out their trees and how many pollinizer trees they’ll need.

“But it also has benefits when growers need to thin their orchards and remove trees too.”

More growers were embracing technology and social media platforms like Facebook gave the AVOCO Technical Team the ability to connect with growers on a whole new level, she says.

“The Facebook group makes it so easy to share our orchard observations and advice through images and video – it’s a really valuable learning and sharing space and we’re encouraging all our growers to join and be a part of it.”

Danni and the AVOCO Technical Team will be connecting with growers again at this month’s New Zealand Avocado International Industry Conference in Tauranga where AVOCO is the principal sponsor.

The three-day event starts August 29 and is an opportunity for growers from across New Zealand and Australia to hear international and domestic speakers cover the latest research and information from avocado industries worldwide.

 

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