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National Horticultural Field Day focuses on innovation

9th May, 2016  |  Horticultural Field Day

The 2016 National Horticultural Field Day to be held on 8th July in Hastings, is growing year on year to be one of New Zealand’s largest horticulture events. There are very few dedicated horticulture events in New Zealand despite it being one of our most significant export industries so it’s no surprise the horticulture industry is pushing for this to be the event for education, networking and information sharing.

The unique business to business event is growing to meet the industry’s demand with innovation at the forefront, whether it is showcasing new technology and research or information transfer as part of the BNZ Seminar Series held at the Field Day. 

One Hawke’s Bay based company who has benefited from the event’s focus on innovation, through the Ravensdown Innovation Award, is Scionon. Ian Adams of Scionon is a long-time supporter of the Field Day and his grafting tool won the 2016 Innovation Award prize and on two previous occasions placed second, impressing judges with his ingenuity and increasing international profile. 

The Ravensdown Innovation Award was created to recognise the depth of talent within New Zealand’s horticulture industry, as businesses grapple with increasing efficiency and productivity to compete on the World stage, continual innovation is vital.  

National Horticultural Field Day organisers are impressed with the breadth of talent within the horticulture industry which is ‘on show’ at the Field Day. As the event grows to include the cropping and vegetable sectors, the Field Day itself expands to create more space for these innovative companies to showcase their products and technology. 

With more than fifty trade exhibitors booked in already for this year’s event, organisers are expecting the final number to be around eighty, bigger than 2015, meaning there will be an extensive list of technology, machinery and new products for visitors to see at the Field Day. 

The National Horticultural Field Day will be held on Friday 8 July at Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay in Hastings. 

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