Tasmanian vegetable, potato, apple and pear growers will descend on the Gold Coast for the highly anticipated 2015 National Horticulture Convention, Trade Show and Awards for Excellence, to be held this week at Jupiters Gold Coast from 25-27 June.

With over 1,400 local and international delegates to attend the National Horticulture Convention, incorporating AUSVEG and Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL), the event is set to be the biggest on the Australian horticulture calendar.

“Tasmanians are among the nation’s most innovative and efficient horticultural producers, so it is great to see such a strong show of support for the not-to-be-missed event,” said AUSVEG Manager – Events and Marketing Lauren Winterbottom.

AUSVEG is the leading horticultural body representing Australia’s 9,000 vegetable and potato growers. APAL is the industry body representing Australia’s more than 600 commercial apple and pear growers.

The Convention will host a number of prestigious local and international presenters from the fields of horticulture and beyond, including keynote speaker, President & CEO of the United States Potato Board, Blair Richardson, the Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, and leading representatives from Australia’s largest horticulture companies.

“The Convention is the perfect place for Tasmania’s vegetable growers to expand their business knowledge through informative speaker sessions, and grow their professional contact base through the many networking events on offer,” said Ms Winterbottom.

“It is also an excellent opportunity for growers and key industry stakeholders to see the exciting new technologies being developed in Australia and abroad, and hear about advancements that could potentially change the face of horticulture.”

“With a range of exciting events planned, including the Great Debate, proudly sponsored by Haifa, the Panel Forum, proudly sponsored by Kalfresh, and the coveted National Awards for Excellence, the 2015 Convention promises to be the biggest and most successful yet.”

“Through the strong support from the men and women in the Tasmanian horticulture industry, AUSVEG is abl

e to advocate to government on Federal issues important to Tasmanian growers, and ensure that the industry is well-placed to face any challenges that may arise.”

Those wishing to register can download the delegate brochure or register online. For more information please contact AUSVEG on (03) 9882 0277, convention@ausveg.com.au, or visit www.ausveg.com.au/convention.

Andrew MacDonald, AUSVEG Manager – Communications

Phone: (03) 9882 0277, Mobile: 0406 836 330, Email: andrew.macdonald@ausveg.com.au