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Xander van der Zande, DanDutcH:

"Automatic gutter system ready for world wide distribution"

The popularity of aquaponic cultivation is increasing world wide. The Danish companies FGM and Danvan have developed a system for this years ago, and with the help of new partners it is now ready to be rolled out world wide. Xander van der Zande, DanDutcH, a company aiming at new markets: "The demand for high-tech systems is increasing."

Not a drop is lost
There is hardly a way around it at Greentech: the cultivation of leafy vegetables on water through the use of gutters is no longer a novelty, but it is an established technology. The advantages are known. Compared to traditional cultivation in the open field it requires less labor and there is more control of the crops. Water and nutrients can be added very precisely. Not a single drop is wasted. These are all subjects of world wide importance.

Lene Holmbech (Staal-Plast), Ulrik Rasmussen (FGM), Jacob Sorensen (Staal-Plast) and Xander van der Zande (DanDutcH) at the Greentech.

The Danish companies FGM and Danvan were one of the first to operate in this way of growing. In the past years a cultivation system with movable NFT-gutters of their own design was installed at various Scandinavian nurseries. They are now ready for world wide distribution. Xander is pursuing the Asian market. In the past years he has gained experience in both the Danish and the Asian horticulture and combines this with his knowledge of water and logistics. "We see the demand for high quality systems in Asia increasing. We are also going to direct more effort at America and the Middle-East."

Single layered and multi layered
At Robbe's Little Garden Ltd in Finland the system is in use, single layered in the greenhouse and multi layered in the vertical farm.

Mechanical movement
The system by FGM and Danvan consists of gutters in which young plants are being planted. The gutters are being moved mechanically forward as the cultivation process progresses. Harvesting takes place at the other end of the greenhouse. The empty gutters can be placed at the beginning after thorough cleaning.

This is not only a solution for the greenhouse, also at a multi-layered indoor farm the system performs well. Xander: "Whether it is lettuce, iceberg, rocket, or herbs, the gutter system can be customized to the size of the crops."

For more information:
Xander van der Zande
+31 (0)174 221572
+31 (0)6 50277510

Publication date: 6/26/2018



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