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In 1977 the Citrus and Exotics fruit growing industry lost two forward thinking gentlemen, namely the late Bruce Clark, General Manager of the Citrus Marketing Authority, which ceased operations on 30 November 1980 and the late Bill Fletcher, a leading authority on citrus and exotics fruit culture with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Both died whilst driving to the 1977 New Zealand Citrus and Subtropical Council Annual Conference.
These two men were deeply involved in developing the fruit sector, and in nurturing and guiding the industry through its formative years. Today the memory of these two pioneers lives on in the Clark Fletcher Memorial Citrus bursary, an award that aims to promote the industry to which Bruce and Bill devoted so much time and effort.
The Clark Fletcher Memorial Citrus Bursary is an award of up to $5,000 per annum that is granted to either a tertiary student who has a specific interest in the citrus industry, or an applicant who is involved in research that is likely to contribute to the New Zealand citrus industry. Applications are reviewed by the Executive Committee of New Zealand Citrus Growers Incorporated (NZCGI), with a strong preference given to projects that are aligned with NZCGI's research goals.
The Clark Fletcher Memorial Citrus Bursary will:
a) take the form of an education bursary available to any student studying at a New Zealand tertiary institution for a diploma, degree, or postgraduate qualification in applied science and who has a specific interest in the citrus industry,
b) provide funds to assist any suitable applicant involved in a research project that is likely to make a contribution to the citrus industry. Projects of particular interest to the citrus industry include the following:
. integrated pest management
. fruit size
. skin quality
. sugar levels in fruit
. crop nutrition and irrigation
. post-harvest handling and disease control
The award of the Bursary may be withheld in any year in which the Committee considers that there is no suitable applicant. The decision of the NZCGI Executive Committee will be final.
Applications close 30 November.
For further information contact the Executive Manager, NZ Citrus Growers Inc, PO Box 10 629, The Terrace, Wellington 6143.
Phone (04) 917 7163
Fax:: (04) 473 6041
Application forms are available to be downloaded from http://www.citrus.co.nz/html/clark_fletcher_bursary.html
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Last updated on Tuesday 29 November 2016