Monday, March 12, 2018
It was a night to celebrate for orchard champions at the DMS Summer Dinner Awards held at Mills Reef on Tuesday the 20th of February.
After a season of record profits for DMS in 2017, it was the turn of individual orchards to share the limelight, with green and gold variety kiwifruit, and avocado orchards vying for the top spot in each category.
Paengaroa Orchard took out top spot in the Gold kiwifruit category, with Dala Singh and Kiljeet Kaur achieving 17,215 trays per hectare with an impressive OGR close to $180,000 per hectare – while the winner for Green kiwifruit produced an outstanding OGR also in excess of $100,000 per hectare.
Mr. Singh said the award was a welcome surprise, after winning the same award in the Green variety last year. “We focused on keeping things as simple as possible, putting all of our effort into looking after the vines the best we could,” added Mr. Singh.
Large orchards were also recognised in each category, for properties greater than 5 hectares. Rikki and Anna James of the Cameron Family Trust were awarded the Large Orchard Award – Green, with Gavin and Linda Dyer and orchard manager, Dave Timms, taking home the Large Orchard Award - Gold.
Mr. James commented “It’s great to be able to celebrate our success from the season and we’re grateful to DMS for the support they’ve given us. For me, success is about having a top team – planning well, working hard and focusing on timing.”
Avocado growers were also recognised at the event, with Ken and Mary Oemcke named ‘Avocado Champions’, after setting the bar with 23.5 tonnes per hectare.
DMS CEO, Derek Masters stated that these awards are about celebrating the outstanding results achieved by the many orchard champions across their kiwifruit and avocado orchards. “We like to acknowledge not only our own successes as an orchard management and post-harvest company, but also celebrate individual grower achievements from within our DMS family. These awards have been a highlight in the calendar for many years and this year was no different.”
Joint Managing Director, Craig Greenlees, announced at the dinner that the DMS Directors have confirmed a rebate of 30 cents on the 2017 crop. This has been brought about by the excellent performance in the last financial year. The final 20 cent rebate will be paid by way of cash and shares.Back