Pyes Pa Kiwifruit grower Campbell Wood will travel to Italy on a three month exchange as the 2011 participant in the ZESPRI-funded Bruce Stowell Work Exchange Programme.
Campbell, who also recently won the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower of the Year, will be in Italy from August to November this year, where he will work on a local orchard. As part of the exchange an Italian grower will visit New Zealand in March.
The Bruce Stowell Work Exchange Programme was established in 2009 in memory of Bruce Stowell, a former HortResearch employee who spent 18 months in Italy assisting Italian growers establish the growing of the ZESPRI® GOLD varieties. Mr Stowell unexpectedly passed away in 2002.
The objective of the exchange programme is to transfer knowledge of the ZESPRI® GOLD Kiwifruit variety and build strong, ongoing relationships in the global kiwifruit community.
Campbell currently works as a vine manger on an organic and conventional orchard in Pyes Pa.
He has a special interest in kiwifruit vine management, with emphasis on getting the best return from the orchard, balancing the attributes of yield, fruit size, taste and other market requirements to produce the best economic outcome.
“Going to Italy will be a great opportunity for me and I look forward to what I can learn from the growers in Italy and vice versa,” Campbell says.
ZESPRI’s Global Supply Manager Simon Limmer says he’s pleased to welcome Campbell to the exchange programme.
“The horticulture industry is working hard to encourage young horticulturists into the industry. Campbell is the perfect example of a younger generation of hard working growers that we need more off.
“ZESPRI is confident that he will do the memory of Bruce Stowell proud,” Simon Limmer says.