Cutting plants in an instant - this is happening more and more in greenhouses. And with more and more types of crops. This process is made possible thanks to the Tom-System binding system.
This system is, however, nothing new. Dirk-Jan Haas is from the Dutch company, Hortiware. He has been this product's exclusive dealer in the country for years. This product is made by Agrifast. However, those who know Dirk-Jan, know he does more than just this.
"Several suppliers have fallen by the wayside. Because of this, we have been receiving an increasing number of inquiries for other products too," he says. "This is a good thing, especially since we can also provide a bit of know-how. We do, however, try to keep our product package small. We certainly do not have to become the horticultural Amazon.com."
The ever-increasing labor and waste problems are growing ever more pressing. These issues mean the demand for a well-known binding system is becoming more and more apparent. “This system is very popular when it comes to tomato, bell pepper, and cucumber cultivation. Aubergine farmers are also starting to follow suit."
"The demand from overseas as well as the organic sector is also increasing. It would be great if all farmers would use bio-rope in the future. Then, after use, the rope can be composted. The T-System's ring can now, as in the past, be removed from the plant waste. This is done with a magnet and the metal is then placed in the used metal waste bin."
Hortiware is working on a similar system for the floricultural sector. But, it is too soon for Dirk-Jan to say much about this new system. Tests are, however, already being carried out in practice with the product. This, in turn, is then redesigned after questions from the growers. It is expected that this system will be placed on the market next year.
Another addition to the assortment is a mini-CHP for smaller farmers. "The energy market is also under pressure, It is, therefore, of great interest to smaller growers to become self-sufficient when it comes to electricity. We can connect up to ten mini- CHPs to each other. We can then calculate things in such a way that the farmer can affordably meet his energy requirements," explains Dirk-Jan.
The trick is to be able to still meet with growers. This, despite the expansion of their product range and the increased demand for The Tom-System. "It is important to keep developing products. Farmers still like discussing problems with me. We then come up with solutions together, with or without the input of others."
"You do not have to find a new way on your own; we can do that together. For example, we needed the cooperation of a waste processor when we developed The Tom-System. They had to be able to get the metal out of the plant waste," Jan goes on to say.
This is why it dismays Dirk-Jan to see how the level of knowledge in the sector is diminishing. "Things that have already been invested in the past are forgotten. They are then reinvented. This is actually a sin. It would be good if we would share this knowledge without fighting like cats and dogs."
Finally, a bit of news - As of 1 March, Dirk-Jan will be getting some help. "We are employing an extra service provider. They will specifically provide service on the machines we offer."
"This means I will have more time to develop the ideas mulling in my head. That is, after all, the best thing. We are going to come up with several products that we think will make horticltural land even more environmentally friendly," Dirn-Jan concludes.
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