UNDER 40S FRUIT GROWER STUDY TOUR 2011
“Changing Crops for a Changing Climate”
This study tour plans to provide today’s younger growers the facts to assist them in making educated business decisions to enable the fruit industry to move forward and adapt to a changing climate successfully.
- Product sustainability
- Increasing production costs
- Sourcing and availability of labour
- Climate change
- Imported produce
- Increased focus on carbon footprint
- New technologies
- New crops suitable to the U.K. climate
- Improved production
- Import replacement
- Energy efficiency
Due to climate change, the U.K. is becoming more suitable to grow crops otherwise restricted to southern European countries. This study tour will be specifically looking at such crops, such as VINES, APRICOTS, BERRIES AND NEWER APPLE VARIETIES. As a way to protect fruit sustainability
Angers and the Loire valley is the area chosen because the area is noted for its progressive and comprehensive fruit industry, all within a climate comparable to the U.K. and its close proximity.
Leading fruit industry professionals are invited to give presentations on new industry related trails, products and systems, and technical visits are also planned to encourage exchanges of technical knowledge and networking opportunities.
Diverse growing systems
Visits to progressive operations
Networking opportunities within the industry
Biodiversity from alternative angles (Over wintering bee colonies)
Opportunities for discussion