Announcements

Job offersmore »



Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




De Ruiter Seeds breaks ground for new Tomato Experience Centre

Last week the construction of the new demo-greenhouse of De Ruiter Seeds was officially started. Growers Rob Brabander and Paul Zantman, who are going to take care fo the crops at the Tomato Experience Center, Henk Verbakel of Havecon, Joost van Regteren of Monsanto / De Ruiter and Albert Abee,  of the municipality of Lansingerland, tightened the official first bolt.

Construction of the greenhouse at full speed.


The greenhouse will become 8,000m2 in size

Lansingerland
The Tomato Experience Center will be located at the Violierenweg in Lansingerland and will be 8,000m2 in size. Growers Rob Brabander and Paul Zantman have already been working with Monsanto / De Ruiter for six years. They are also closely involved in the construction of the new Experience Center. Because a large part of the Dutch and international tomato acreage is lit by now, 1/3 of the Experience Center will also have supplemental lighting installed. For the same reason, the test center will be equipped with several weighing and measuring systems, but not with diffused glass or 100% LED: that does not match sufficiently with practice - which of course is the most important for De Ruiter. Moreover, the greenhouse is divided into four segments so that the segments can be controlled separately. This autumn, about 300 new varieties will have to be placed in the greenhouse.

Rob Brabander and Paul Zantman

Chain contact
However, in the greenhouse it's not just about the new varieties, said Joost van Regteren, who is responsible for the technology development at Monsanto / De Ruiter. "It's more than just a demo. Also big data plays an important role. The center is part of a digital platform. We also want to show the products that are in between breeding and commerce so that we can respond to the wishes of the market." In view of the growing demand for a sustainable cultivated, tasteful product from a closed chain, he sees an important role for this. "Worldwide we see greenhouse horticulture increase and we see companies making the change from open field to greenhouses. For that we are making a knowledge center, a meeting place."


It may not be the biggest project at which Havecon is currently working, but an important one. 

Growing greenhouse horticulture
Henk Verbakel of Havecon, as greenhouse builder, is obviously very content about that growing greenhouse horticulture. Moreover, the construction site is around the corner from the Dutch headquarters of Havecon and that is pleasant for a change. "But it is even more important that we see two young entrepreneurs starting to work on such a beautiful project, with a positive impact for Dutch horticulture. For too long nothing much has happened, so we are certainly proud about this project." 

Various partners participate in the project

Publication date: 7/10/2017
Author: Arlette Sijmonsma
Copyright: www.hortidaily.com

 


 

Other news in this sector:

4/24/2018 UK: Russell IPM receives Queen’s Award for Innovation 2018
4/23/2018 Exclusive Honeytomatoes pop up in supermarket
4/23/2018 Root to Shoot program aims to utilize more vegetable by-products
4/23/2018 Russia approves Bayer-Monsanto deal
4/23/2018 Geoffrey Denton joins Tozer Seeds as Plant Pathologist
4/23/2018 Royal Brinkman strengthens activities in Morocco
4/20/2018 BioConsortia raises $15 million in funding
4/20/2018 Evonik opens research hub in Singapore
4/20/2018 Koppert Biological Systems expands board
4/20/2018 Singapore: Syngenta opens digital innovation lab
4/20/2018 "CAP favours Northern European countries"
4/20/2018 “Kids don’t know the difference between a real strawberry and its aroma”
4/19/2018 Australian grower recognized for efforts in China
4/19/2018 China: Zhongnong Futong appoints Sjaak van der Tak as consultant
4/18/2018 New BrightFarms greenhouse to supply Ohio consumers from July 2018
4/18/2018 ScottsMiracle-Gro to acquire Sunlight Supply
4/18/2018 US: GreenGro Technologies acquires Biodynamics Hydroponics
4/18/2018 "The season for reflector cleaning is here"
4/17/2018 Kenya: BASIS crop protection class still open for enrolment
4/17/2018 US: American Coolair adds sales representative