Bernard Sparkes appointed to consolidate Tomato Growers' strategy

Veteran tomato grower and breeder Bernard Sparkes has been named chairman of the British Tomato Growers' Association (TGA) for the next twelve months.

Image: TGA
Image: TGA

The TGA Board said in a statement: "Over the past few years the TGA Board, under the chairmanship of Nigel Bartle, has strived to take the TGA in a new direction with a greater emphasis on technical issues together with ongoing support for selected and proven promotional activities and the provision of one of the best conferences in the horticultural calendar.

"Alongside this the TGA has, for the first time, directly financially supported a research project looking at the economics of LED-lit production at Stockbridge Technology Centre.

"The TGA Board feel it is the right time for the Association to spend twelve months building a platform and strategy for continued success and real tangible economic benefit to members, whilst building on the great results of the past. They are, therefore, delighted that Bernard has joined the TGA as chairman to help us on this journey."

Sparkes began working at Reading University Horticultural Station in 1958 and has held numerous positions in the industry. He strepped down from full-time employment at Melrow Salads in 2012 but has continued his involvement in commercial tomato growing.

General manager of Cornerways Nursery Patrick Harte has been appointed vice-chair of the board. APS Salads group development director Philip Pearson remains chairman of the TGA Technical Committee, with R&L Holt partner Roly Holt appointed vice-chair.


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