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Codema offers efficiency and scalability in vertical farming

How is vertical farming going to change food production? No one can predict the future, but vertical farming has been identified as an important development in the growing demand for healthy food. Product Engineer Pim de Jong is going to provide us with detailed information about the advantages and challenges associated with this form of indoor food production and will share Codema’s vertical farming vision.

Vertical farming definition: the explanation
Vertical farming is the cultivation of food in stacked layers, in a fully controlled environment. Light, energy and water are controlled in a way which creates cultivation conditions which are as efficient and sustainable as possible, without any need for external influences. This allows for any possible location to be used for indoor cultivation, such as a factory hall or an office building.

Pim de Jong is involved with the development of vertical farming systems at Codema, where he ended up as a result of his fascination for complex systems.

“I worked in solar energy and energy storage for this purpose. When I first arrived at Codema, I was surprised at how advanced horticulture already was and it seemed like a great challenge to be able to come up with more and even better systems. Our Research & Development team is working on various different issues. I generally tend to favour energy, as I find this an incredibly interesting field. And vertical farming has given me the perfect challenge to rise to.”

The advantages of vertical farming
The grower has full control of the cultivation area and cultivation process in a vertical farm. This allows the grower to guarantee a reliable supply of fresh produce throughout the entire year. There are obviously no external influences in an enclosed environment and the space, energy and raw materials are all used as efficiently as possible. This doesn’t just result in a saving of water and nutrients, but also a higher food production with a lower impact on the environment. Vertical farming allows for local production, which means less transport and a further limitation of emissions. Vertical farms have been identified as an important way of satisfying the growing demand for safe food in the future as a result of this combination of factors.

“Vertical farming offers solutions for locations where it’s too hot, too cold or too busy for food production. And for locations where the soil isn’t suitable for agriculture. Some examples include Los Angeles, Oslo or Mumbai. Large cities with plenty of inhabitants, where growing food is a tricky business. Vertical farming ensures we can make the chain from production to consumption a great deal smaller and allows us to provide the population with fresh, healthy food throughout the entire year.”

The most important challenge in vertical farming
The flow of products is currently the biggest challenge in vertical farms. The vertical farm has to be organised in such a way that the crops are ripe at just the right time and can instantly be delivered.

“We can influence the crops’ growth cycle with heat and CO2. A nursery therefore usually works with different departments and temperatures for the different production phases. Vertical farming also allows us to plan for the crops to be ripe at the right time like this. Important developments are the lamps, which we can use to adjust the light spectrum and control the software.”

One advantage of vertical farming is that you can produce throughout the entire year, without being dependent on the seasons, the weather and daylight. This ensures the production process can continue for 24 hours a day, an important element where guaranteeing the flow is concerned.

“The advantage of a completely automatic system is the ability to continue working, we can plan this with our software and ensure the flow of ripe produce.”

Codema offers scalability with the modular vertical farming system
“Vertical farming is wrongly seen as a pioneering market, as there are already a number of different companies active in this sector. Codema’s knowledge of, and experience with, water management, lighting, air circulation, climate control, cultivation systems, logistics, software and engineering means it has everything required for a vertical farm.”

Its various different expertises has allowed Codema to develop a fully automatic, modular system for making vertical farming scalable. Codema can therefore offer the grower all the tools for complete control of the food production.

Codema’s innovations in water management, logistics, climate control, lighting, software and engineering offer global food producers new answers to business questions. If you have a problem or challenge for which our insight could provide a contribution to a solution, please do get in touch!

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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