FAST launches new course for fruit growers to satisfy demand for UK produce

Farm Advisory Services Team (FAST), based at Brogdale Farm in Faversham, Kent, is holding its first School of Fruit Growing course for managers and technical staff in the fruit industry.

The four-day course, which is being held at its crop technology centre at Brogdale, aims to enhance students' understanding of the fruit production cycle and of how soils, the environment, management practices and husbandry techniques influence growers' yields and seasonal fruit quality.

A FAST representative said: "As demand for UK fruit increases, the need to supply fruit over a longer season requires a good understanding of the influence of picking dates and storage conditions on fruit quality."

The course will cover topics including soils and nutrition; tree physiology and management; harvesting and storage; and pest and disease control - including an in-depth explanation of the life cycles of some of the main pests and diseases.

The course is taking place over four days - on the 2 December 2010, 20 January 2011, 3 March 2011 and 24 March 2011.

- For further details, call Sheenagh Levett on 01795 533225.page.


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