2015, Busy year at Demokwekerij Westland

In 2015 we welcomed a lot of visitors at Demokwekerij Westland. With over 14.000 visitors we can look back at a successful year.

In total more than 180 tours were given to growers, students, suppliers and many other visitors. This year there is also an increase of international visitors, more than 25% of the visitors came from abroad. Next to that various events were organized like the IDC Event, crop protection days, Sakata Flower trials and various education/course days were organized.

For the year 2016 a lot is already on the agenda. There are already various international delegations that are following a course at Demokwekerij Westland, and various study days have been organized in cooperation with education institutions. In short, the year 2016 is going to be a good, busy and innovative year for Demokwekerij Westland.

Students InHolland follow practical study day at Demokwekerij Westland

Fifteen students of InHolland, that do a horticulture study and that work daily in various greenhouses visited Demokwekerij Westland on the 16th of December for a practical study day about spraying techniques. Inholland teach these students during the theory lessons everything about diseases, plagues and crop protection in the horticulture sector, and with this study day at Demokwekerij Westland they find the wanted connection between theory and practicum.

After a short explanation about the available spraying techniques and of course the safety rules the students started with using the spraying techniques, under supervision, in a tomato and Gerbera crop. The did research to the rich spraying angles, speed and coverage and they have worked with various spraying nozzles, back sprays, spraying pistols, spraying masks and filters (made possible by royal Brinkman) Inholland and their students and Demokwekerij Westland are looking back to a successful practical study day and agreed with each other to organize more of these days.

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Let’sGrow.com new participant Demokwekerij Westland

Since January 1 LetsGrow.com is participant at Demokwekerij Westland. LetsGrow.com expects, with becoming an participant, to enlarge their national and international network, and through this way testing innovations in practice. Demokwekerij Westland started using the platform of LetsGrow.com to share data of the researches with growers and researchers.

Letsgrow.com is the online platform for the registration and analysis of the cultivation – and management information within the horticulture sector. By bringing together climate details, growth numbers and imagery is LetsGrow.com a strong aid for the whole sector, in the floriculture sector as well in the vegetable sector.

Since 2000 LetsGrow.com is active with, through the internet unlocking of data of growers, translating to usable information. Over the past years the online platform has grown with more users and more functions. Through the online platform you can see the details of the greenhouse climate, the crop, labour and energy usage.

The data comes from various sources, like the climate computer (unregarded which brand), sensors, software from sales, etc. By making the data in various ways insightful and to have the opportunity to share this with others, through this the data is converted into valuable information through LetsGrow.com. Our tight and customer-orientated team can help you with questions about the possibilities and the use of the, with pride made platform. If you have any questions you can always reach us through www.letsgrow.com!

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‘Medewerker Demokwekerij aan het woord’

Medewerker in de spotlights…

Deze maand; Jay Kester, student Horti Techniques & Management bij Demokwekerij Westland 

img_1953Je hebt gekozen voor een studie binnen de glastuinbouwsector, wat spreekt jou daar zo van aan?
Ik ben als tuinderszoon opgegroeid naast de lisianthus kwekerij van mijn vader en heb daardoor interesse in het tuindersvak gekregen. Ik heb gekozen voor de studie Horti Techniques & Management, waarmee je teeltmedewerker kan worden. Binnen de opleiding doen we praktijkervaring op, door het lopen van stages. Het leek mij erg leuk om stage te lopen bij Demokwekerij Westland.

Hoe kwam je op het idee om stage te lopen bij Demokwekerij en hoe ziet een stagedag er uit?
Via mijn vader, die vanwege de Flower Trials bij Demokwekerij was, is dat balletje gaan rollen. Het leek hem een leuk stagebedrijf en ik ben direct diezelfde dag nog langs geweest om een indruk te krijgen. Vrij snel daarna had ik een gesprek met de teeltmanager, waar ik veel mee samenwerk. Wat me aansprak aan een stage bij Demokwekerij was met name de afwisseling, verschillende teelten en dat je met een hecht team samenwerkt.

Elke dag is eigenlijk anders en de werkzaamheden stemmen we aan het begin van de dag af. Ik heb al veel mogen doen, zoals: klaar zetten van een onderzoek op basis van het onderzoeksplan, het afronden van een komkommeronderzoek en het schoonmaken van de afdeling, voedingsrecepten klaarmaken en substraatmatten en teeltsystemen klaar zetten.

We blijven elkaar na je stage tegenkomen in WOW. Wat vind je ervan om in een gebouw te studeren waar onderwijs, onderzoek en bedrijfsleven samenkomen?
Ik heb er nog niet helemaal een beeld bij hoe dat in zijn werk gaat in dit nieuwe gebouw. Het is voor mij helemaal nieuw om te studeren in een gebouw waar ook onderzoeken lopen en technieken op een demonstratievloer staan. Ik denk dat het erg mooi wordt en ik vind het leuk om hier onderdeel van te zijn!

Wist je dat….
Jay na deze opleiding graag nog door wil leren om in de toekomst bedrijfsleider te worden, maar zijn ambitie nog hoger ligt en hij het liefst in de toekomst zijn eigen kwekerij opstart?!

From IDC project to continues robotics counter

On the 10th of December 2015, under great interest, IDC event Robotics in the Horticulture sector found place at Demokwekerij Westland. Interesting speakers, various workshops and discussions between growers, researchers and suppliers set the tone for this event. 

At the beginning of 2014 IDC (Innovation Demonstration Centre) Robotics was started and in the last 2 years it has welcomed hundreds of visitors and dozens of questions from growers were received. At the moment IDC is working on 14 concrete innovation projects, including a robot application for sorting eggplants, sorting yucca stems and automatic binding of Ficus plants. On the event the various IDC projects were presented and new robotic technologies were demonstrated.  “With a high attendance, interesting new questions and the right discussions we can conclude that the subject of Robotics is an important subject and it’s on the agenda of a lot of growers”, says Roy Wubben project leader of IDC Robotics
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New platform in development
At the end of 2015 IDC …… but a new platform for robotics is already in development. With this platform Demokwekerij Westland (and other initiators of IDC; TU Delft and TNO) wants to bring growers and suppliers closer together so they can discuss the factor labour, development of robotics and promote mechanization and automatization (combining usefulness and necessity). This platform takes care of the translation between grower and technical supplier and vice versa. If it was up to Demokwekerij Westland there will be a
sequel. “We think about a platform where businesses become a member of the platform, the first thought about the platform are already there, ant the event has given us extra insights and over the coming period the platform will be concretized”.

Worldwide Position
According to Martijn Wisse, professor Biorobotcs at TU Delft (and speaker on the event) we are, as the Netherlands, big in the world as a food export county, but were also big in food process machines, wherein more is becoming robotized. From TU Delft 150 till 160 researchers are working every day on robotics in various labs and this is for The Netherlands and Westland a big opportunity. We have a high-quality high-tech position and a good position in the horticulture sector, according to Martijn Wisse we can expand this worldwide and become the leaders in this sector.

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Voor meer informatie:
Demokwekerij Westland
Roy Wubben
Zwethlaan 52
2675LB Honselersdijk
roywubben@demokwekerij.nl

Peet van Adrichem looks back at the year 2015

Just after Christmas it’s a good time to have a look back at last year. The year 2015 has gone by really quickly with a lot of meetings, courses, tours and a lot more activities.

Last year we’ve been really busy with the realisation of the new Demokwekerij Westland facility, what will be built on the undeveloped site at Flora Holland. This year we’ve been busy with the financial challenges, the look of the building, how the companies can cooperate with each other and so on. We have inventoried which companies have interest, and luckily there’s a lot of enthusiasm for the ambitious plan and everyone is positive. Next year the build of the combi building will be started, and in April 2017 the greenhouses will be built.  demo200

This year we have welcomed a fair few new participants at Demokwekerij Westland. The enthusiasm to become a participant of Demokwekerij Westland is increasing and this fits perfectly with the ambition to make a permanent demonstration area for horticulture technique and suppliers, which will be reflected in the new demonstration building.

In the research departments of Demokwekerij a lot of research has been done in various crops. The research project Futagrow is a good example from a successful research, it’s our biggest and longest ongoing research and next year we will bring this system into businesses. What is of course worth mentioning is the nomination of Futagrow for the Herman Wijffels Innovation prize, which was the crown on all the hard work we’ve done. Despite that we didn’t win the nomination on its own is already something we can be proud of.

Our third pillar; Sharing Knowledge has increased this year. The cooperation between Demokwekerij Westland and various knowledge institutions have become more intensive.  A lot has happened as well with sharing knowledge around the subject of robotics. On the 10th of December an event was held because of the end of IDC Robotica, with more than 100 visitors this was a successful event. Next year we will continue with Robotics and we will work on various projects around the subject of Robotics.

The amount of visitors hasn’t grown this year, it is as steady as last year. What we did notice was that there were more international visitors this year than previous years.

Thereby we’ve been really busy with setting up Demokwekerij International, because of the many visitors we get we saw that the interest in peetthe Horticulture sector has been increased on an international level. More and more parties find Demokwekerij Westland and are interested in the training and courses we offer. Next year we expect to roll out a few projects in; China, Vietnam, Canada and Colombia.

From the whole Demokwekerij-team I want to thank all of our relations for the corporation in 2015 and I wish everyone a healthy and innovative 2016!

Peet van Adrichem
Director Demokwekerij Westland