Many gain insight

By Rodney Woods

The first ever Fruit Growers Victoria conference ‘‘exceeded expectations’’, according to the group’s grower services manager.

More than 200 delegates attended the two-day event at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre and various businesses around the Goulburn Valley.

Michael Crisera said the contents of the next conference, and when it was held, would be up to those who attended.

‘‘We will send a survey to all delegates to get feedback for our next one, whether that will be annually or biannually,’’ he said.

Mr Crisera said growers got plenty out of the two talks on Queensland fruit fly, and his highlight was the presentation from Tasmanian apple and cherry grower Howard Hansen.

‘‘A lot of growers got a lot out of the two fruit fly speakers, Dick Drew and Dan Papacek,’’ he said.

‘‘We had a diverse range of speakers.

‘‘Having someone of the calibre of Howard Hansen, from Hansen Orchards in Tasmania, was my highlight.

‘‘He is the benchmark for growing apples and cherries in Australia and he gave a great insight into the export potential.’’