Since mid-February Jonas De Win joined De Ruiter Seeds. Jonas started in Market Development for bell peppers and cucumbers in southern Netherlands and Belgium. He introduces himself below. Jari Boerboom joined the team in December and Arco van der Hout in January, they also introduce themselves.
Jari just graduated in Plant Science. He gained work experience with Bejo Zaden while studying Applied Biology at the HAS. There he focused on biostimulant seed coatings. "I also conducted light quality research to find out how flowering in radish could be accelerated. I had an ecological trip, with an internship concerning tree frogs in Ecuador. But because of my strong affinity with plants, I chose to graduate at Light4Food, an organization in indoor farming systems in the Middle East. During my master's in Wageningen I did research for Beekenkamp into extending the vegetative phase of Campanula mother plants to improve the quality of the young plants.”
Jari moved to Raamsdonkveer for his new job. "It's not next door, but the travel time is a considerably less. Before joining De Ruiter, I applied to several companies. I chose De Ruiter because here I deal with growers, researchers and breeders alike. With my background at MBO, HBO and scientific level, I can talk with all parties and at all levels. That's where my strength lies.”
Arco has been active in greenhouse horticulture for some time. He has 25 years of experience in the industry and started at Enza Zaden as a representative in the Westland. "About 12 years later, I made the switch to Delphy, an organization that advises in fruit crops. Initially I focused on the Eastern European market, then I went to Japan and worked there as a consultant for Delphy.
The last few years, as a consultant in Japan, I traveled back and forth. At a certain point, that became too much for me. But the transition to a plant grower in the Westland turned out to be quite big after a few years. Moreover, this grower focused only on vegetable plants in the winter. That gave me insufficient challenge during the summer period. That is why I made the step to Bayer, here I certainly have that challenge. And with Central Europe and Asia as the areas to focus on, I am already looking forward to visiting a horticultural project again in another country. As soon as corona allows it, of course.”
Jonas comes from the 'Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt'. "After my bachelor's degree in horticulture, my first interest was ornamentals. And in particular the cultivation of perennials. Until, by chance, I ended up in the research world of vegetable cultivation as a chicory researcher for the National Laboratory for Chicory. I really enjoyed that. Two years ago I was given the opportunity to study cucumbers at the Vegetable Research Station and to develop myself further in horticulture. I jumped on that opportunity."
As Market Development Representative, Jonas' role is to further develop new varieties in close cooperation with the growers, to position them correctly and to put them into practice. "That's one of the reasons I chose this job.”
Jari is currently assisting Leonie Hogendonk, where he is responsible for medium TOV. His goal is to become a specialist in tomatoes, but that will take some time.
All three men are looking forward to it, as can be seen from the above introductions that De Ruiter already shared in their newsletter.