[25 June/Farmers Weekly]
A group of New Zealand’s best and brightest young talent are this week embarking on the first International Horticultural Immersion Programme which is an industry-led and funded $250,000 pilot initiative aimed at attracting top talent into horticulture. The group is made up of 11 Massey and Lincoln University students as well as industry and education leaders who will be going to the Netherlands, a country known for being at the forefront of international environmental practices as well as South Korea and Belgium. They will go to Wageningen University and Research, embassies in Brussels and Seoul, businesses at the cutting edge of innovation along the horticultural value chain from production to the consumer. They will also gain in-depth exposure to T & G Global and Zespri’s operations in Europe and Korea. NZ Apples and Pears capability and development manager Erin Simpson reported that the international market and value chain immersion will give the programme members unique opportunities to engage with horticultural businesses, leaders and peers.