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Codema innovates in food cultivation with mobile gutter system

How do food producers deal with the worldwide food issue? The growing demand for food and increasing challenges in the production will be a considerable challenge during the coming years. Codema has both the knowledge and dozens of years’ experience in horticulture and offers producers innovative solutions. We discuss with Roeland van Dijk, Cultivation systems Account manager at Codema, the potential of a mobile gutter system which results in savings on water and labour, ensures efficient use of space and is also beneficial to the environment.

Seeing opportunities for customers
Roeland grew up in the greenhouses. He started out as a work placement student with Codema and 25 years ago he began work with Codema as a technician. With his knowledge of logistic systems and experience with Codema’s logistic applications for customers, he is meanwhile the expert in logistic solutions.

“What I really like is the contact with the market, our customers. Looking at with what innovations we as Codema can offer answers to the questions of our customers. I see the opportunities which our innovations offer and think along with the customer about how we can best deploy those innovations for them.”

More and more specialist questions
For years, Codema has already been delivering multi-layer container systems for ornamental plants. On the basis of that knowledge and expertise, Codema received specialist questions increasingly often from food growers. In order to meet that demand, Codema has further developed a mobile gutter system. With this system, during planting the gutters are next to each other and during the growth phase the distance between the gutters is automatically increased. In this way, every plant is given the optimum space to grow and the total cultivation area is used as efficiently as possible.

From seed to harvestable product, fully automated
‘’Codema has the various disciplines available as a result of which we can build the complete system”, Roeland explains. Our software, which has been specifically developed for the horticultural sector, plans the use of space in the greenhouse, so that the grower can make optimum use of the space. It gives a total overview of the cultivation available in the greenhouse and the cultivation phase of each plant. Our software can also optimize all the moving of containers or trays with young plants in the greenhouse. It is practically unique that the entire process from seed to harvestable product can be automated.”

“A mobile gutter system offers a logistic solution for the crops where no more treatments are required after planting, such as lettuce and herbs. In addition, thanks to the use of nutrient film techniques, the plants are given exactly enough water and fertilizer. A pump ensures that the water enriched with nutrients circulates through the root system of the plant. After filtration and re-dosing of nutrients, all the drain water is recycled. This ensures a complete water circulation. The system results in a minimum use of water and fertilizer and nothing enters the environment which does not belong there.”

“As well as saving on water and fertilizer, this system also saves on labour. Since all the containers or trays with young plants automatically move through the greenhouse, until the time of harvesting, employees are no longer required. Less manual treatments are therefore necessary and a grower ultimately saves on labour.”

‘’Codema not only builds the complete system, we also take care of the installation and the maintenance. The advantage to the customer is that all the technical activities are dealt with by one supplier and they have one point of contact.”

Development of modular mobile gutter system
The specialized knowledge of Codema in the area of water management, logistics, climate control, lighting, cultivation systems, software and engineering is used in order to further develop the mobile gutter system. These innovations lead to an even higher efficiency and reduction in water consumption.

“Nowadays, we see that growers want to vary more and more with regard to the varieties of lettuce or herbs, on the basis of the changes in market demand. We wish to offer out customers that variety and flexibility, so that with a relatively low investment they can also use the same system for a different variety of lettuce or herbs. We develop a so-called modular mobile gutter system, whereby more variation in crops is possible. At the moment, we are carrying out a project in China for instance, where various new techniques are being applied. I notice that there is also a great deal of demand from European countries for a modular mobile gutter system.”

The innovations by Codema in water management, logistics, climate control, lighting, cultivation systems, software and engineering offer food producers worldwide new answers to business questions. If you have an issue or a challenge which our insight could contribute a solution to, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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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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