The preliminary registrations for the HortiContact Tour (19 and 20 February 2019) show that international growers around the world travel to the Netherlands to become acquainted with the latest developments in Dutch greenhouse horticulture. Over the past period, the organization received registrations of international growers from Germany, Mexico, Iran, Azerbaijan, Qatar and Brazil. It is still possible to attend this two-day excursion.
On the first day of the HortiContact Tour (19 February 2019) participants will visit cultivation companies and research locations. The excursion starts at 8.15 AM from Rotterdam. The first stop is at 9:00 AM at rose grower Marjoland in Waddinxveen. This is followed by a visit to Wageningen University & Research business unit Greenhouse Horticulture and Delphy Improvement Centre in Bleiswijk. After a lunch, the excursion consists of practical visits to Anthura, breeder and propagation of orchid and anthurium in Bleiswijk and pepper grower Oostland Company in Berkel en Rodenrijs.
Day 2 of the HortiContact Tour takes place in Gorinchem, located 35 kilometers east of Rotterdam. At the HortiContact exhibition location researchers of Wageningen University & Research provide lectures: Silke Hemming (Head scientific research team Greenhouse Technology) about ‘Diffuse light and glass’, Erik Pekkeriet (Senior Business Development Manager Agro Food Robotics) about ‘Robotics and precision greenhouse horticulture’, Feije de Zwart (Researcher Greenhouse climate and Energy) about ‘Next generation growing’ and Jim van Ruijven (Scientific Researcher Water Technology & Emission) about ‘Water and Emission’. The afternoon can be spent visiting the HortiContact fair.
The HortiContact Tour is being offered for the third year in a row by the HortiContact trade fair organization (19 - 21 February 2019 at Evenementenhal Gorinchem), Uniglobe Westland Business Travel and In Greenhouses magazine. Thanks to the support of sponsors (Ludvig Svensson B.V., Priva Horticulture B.V., Mardenkro B.V., KUBO Group, Codema Systems Group and Rockwool B.V.) participation in the HortiContact Tour is free. International growers need to arrange their trip to the Netherlands and accommodations themselves.
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