Tomato plants need high thermal conditions and lots of light. As a result, greenhouse cultivation is considered as an optimal solution for the production of this type of plant. The Faccio Stefano farm, in the province of Verona, has taken advantage of this cultivation methodology and has recently built a greenhouse for tomato production, choosing to install a multiple Multimed model structure.
Multimed is a multi-span mainly developed for hot countries without excessive rain or snowfalls. "The characteristics of the structure match the technical requirements that are needed for the cultivation of the tomato plant", Jean-Pierre Lejeune with Europrogress explains. "In fact, the materials used for the construction of the Faccio Stefano’s greenhouse guarantee ample light inside the whole structure."
The model is suitable for a medium / high volume of cultivation crops with different growth potentials and with different production cycles.
The structure consists of 5 bays 97.50 meters long. At the top, there is plastic film covering which is fixed with an aluminum profile. The sides of the greenhouse are equipped with 4 motorized openings with corners cladded with polycarbonate. Gables present the peculiarity of opening tilting half-moons, which are motorized as well. This system allows a correct management of the hot air in the greenhouse.
Why should you grow tomato in a greenhouse?
Jean-Pierre explains that greenhouse tomato cultivation allows growers to exploit several advantages. "The closed environment of the greenhouse allows for better protection of the plant from atmospheric agents. The better control of the growing environment means higher production. On top of this, a greenhouse allows for better resource management."