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Dutch growers find solution to mosaic virus
The atmosphere in the Dutch cucumber sector is a lot more relaxed this year. Prices may not be too great, but it seems the mosaic virus can finally be combated, after years of problems. At least, that's what Ron Peters sees at growers who work with his protocol. The researcher published the road map for a clean cultivation last year. "Now that the Dutch growers are getting started with the final cultivation round, it's clear that they are able to deal with the problems," he notices. The growers indicate that the virus pressure is a lot lower than in previous years. "There's even a number of companies that are still entirely clean."
Peters' protocol comprises a number of actions to get and keep the greenhouse virus-free. Peters provides the exact actions at a fee. "For growers, it's a one-time investment. That way I try to earn back some of the development costs in order to make further research possible." Things are going well for the most part – although knowledge is being 'borrowed' here and there. "A shame," Peters thinks. "I had rated the average entrepreneur more highly, but oh well. So be it. We do see the added value of following the protocol exactly. Not just for the grower, but for the whole chain: from funder to supplier and consumer. You can be proud of your product in the knowledge that the cucumber will last for a few days."
Peters is now also deploying the protocol internationally. "The foreign clients who are working with the protocol, organic or traditional, are enthusiastic. They are happy with the on-the-spot support, in their language or with an interpreter. Of course I can't fly to Mexico to deliver the protocol, but for anything from five hectares and up - or even better, a cluster of companies or a cooperative wanting to do business - I or one of my colleagues will fly all over the world. This matter is just too important," he says. "And growers have a choice. Go forward, or go backwards even faster."
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