WA fruit growers recognised

Rebecca TurnerCountryman
Pickering Brook grower Michael Fernie has been nominated for the award.
Camera IconPickering Brook grower Michael Fernie has been nominated for the award. Credit: Countryman

A new award at this year's Karragullen Expo aims to recognise the work of growers from across WA.

Expo co-ordinator Roma Spiccia said the Visy WA Fruit Producer of the Year was a chance to celebrate the best growers in the industry.

"We have always celebrated the older and younger generations of fruit growers with Pioneer Medallions and the John Giumelli Encouragement Award, respectively," Ms Spiccia said.

"This new award aims to celebrate those people currently performing in the industry."

Earlier in the year, a group of 25 market agents, wholesalers and retailers were asked to nominate a WA fruit producer who demonstrated a professional approach and produced fruit that was of high quality.

Nominees also needed to be passionate about implementing modern and safe growing techniques, grow marketable varieties and take a keen interest in the presentation of their produce. Growers of any type of fruit could be chosen, with a total of 17 producers nominated from Kununurra to Pemberton.

The winner will be revealed at the Karragullen Expo awards ceremony.

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