Want to learn more about horticulture? Want to compare different techniques? Want to decide what greenhouse suits you best? Taking a trip to Italy might be the answer. The Italian company Idromeccanica Lucchini created a Greenhouse Park where it is possible to see and touch all the latest solutions in terms of crop protection and related equipment. And not only that: the Greenhouse Park is not a static exhibition, but it is in constant evolution because it is continuously being updated in the light of the latest research findings and technological updates.
The official grand opening was held last week and was visited very well by growers, local people and by Italian horticultural companies showing what techniques and supplies they can offer.
Massimo Lucchini was overwhelmed by the large attendance for the opening but also sees this as a reward for the investments being made by the company and other companies, both in the Greenhouse Park as well as in the development of the industry. "But above all I am positively amazed at how this group of companies share the same goal. By collaborating we want to reach global markets and help growers all over the world", he said during the opening of the first day of the open field days and the opening of the Greenhouse Park.
Massimo and Emanuele Lucchini
The Greenhouse Park was realised in the last two years. In this time the company expanded their office with 15,000 square meters. In addition a permanent exhibition of greenhouses and technology was realised. "Unique in Italy", said Massimo. "In this exhibition we are building the future of greenhouse cultivation".
The theme of innovation plays a central role in the exhibition. "Never before have we witnessed such unprecedented innovation in the world of greenhouses and horticulture as we have over the last years. This acceleration stems from a necessity: the undeniable reality of climate change".
"There is an urgent need to safeguard the land, grow with less water and greatly reduce the emissions into the atmosphere. The work we are carrying out on Vertical Farming is part of this innovation process." Something they can be proud of, since the first vertical greenhouse built in Italy was made by Lucchini, with the participation of Enea, in 2015.
A crowded audience for the horticulture conferences
Using fewer resources
"Now we are working with completely closed or semi-closed greenhouses, crops without any chemical crop protection, total respect for the environment, soilless cultivation techniques, hydroponics, ﬂoating, aeroponics, which use one tenth of the water."
"There is still a long way to go", concludes Massimo, "and we need to be aware of that. We are now showing you the present, but the future of technology and innovation is already here. There is no need to look abroad: the excellence of knowledge and innovation is here, today, at this very event."
There's much to see at the Greenhouse Park and many companies were present to show their products and novelties. Whether it was for mechanical innovations, product or process novelties or even packaging solutions - it could all be found during the two day event.
During the demonstrations in the field, or it would be better to say in the greenhouse, all the solutions aimed at avoiding chemical crop protection had aroused a lot of interest.
Another view of the Greenhouse Park