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.
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 the 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