“Additional prices of as much as 40% are tough to cross on, which harms our operational outcomes”

Tons of cucumbers and herbs of every kind at the moment are harvested weekly throughout the excessive season within the large Bördegarten greenhouse advanced in Osterweddingen (Saxony-Anhalt). “Volumes may be harvested as deliberate. Which means that we harvest about 40,000 400 gram cucumbers per day throughout the peak of the season, and for herbs the day by day quantity is 10,000 120 gram items. In whole, as much as 15,000 pots of herbs. per day are harvested within the case of runners reminiscent of rosemary, basil, parsley, dill, chives and mint,” manufacturing supervisor Jos Houwen stated on June 14.

Sven Schulze, Minister of Economics, Tourism, Agriculture and Forestry of Saxony-Anhalt, Daniel Krake as consultant of SMEs within the district of Anhalt-Bitterfeld, Andrea Voss of the Funding and Saxony-Anhalt Advertising and marketing and Robert Fassauer of the Saxony-Anhalt Agriculture Advertising and marketing Firm have been amongst those that realized about vegetable manufacturing within the greenhouse and the present state of affairs within the vegetable enterprise. “The merchandise of the area and the regional financial cycles are of nice significance for the creation of worth in rural areas. Right here, the Wimex Group is already making an essential contribution to the provision of recent meals and better sustainability,” stated Minister Schulze.

Computerized sowing, immediately within the pots, on the Bördegarten. Minister Sven Schulze (2nd from left) was impressed by the high-tech greenhouse simply outdoors Magdeburg. Plant supervisor Jos Houwen and the 2 managing administrators of the Wimex Group, Ulrich Wagner and Leopold Graf von Drechsel, defined the small print.

About twenty expert employees handle the cultivation, care and harvesting. They’re supported by about thirty caregivers who lend them a hand. “Discovering employees is likely one of the essential challenges we face,” stated Ulrich Wagner, managing director of Wimex. Present price will increase, reminiscent of fertilizers, packaging supplies and minimal wage will increase, complicate issues. “Extra buying prices of as much as 40% are tough and even unattainable to implement in meals distribution and thus have an effect on our working outcomes.”

Potential for growth in retail and gastronomy
However, greenhouse merchandise are more and more welcomed by customers. Houwen: “Cucumbers are usually at all times in demand, however the herbs range relying on the season: in summer time, for instance, mint may be very in style, whereas in winter dill, chives and basil are extra in demand. There’s potential for growth in catering, with its vast number of packaging concepts, in addition to meals retail, with merchandise coated in arduous clear PVC cartons. Additionally new this yr are our mini- cucumbers, which we added to the portfolio in response to buyer requests, particularly because it pairs properly with our snake cucumbers by way of assortment.”

Sustainability as a guideline
Earlier than the top of the summer time, the herb assortment from Bördegarten will carry the official EU natural label. In Osterweddingen, plant supervisor Jos Howen and his crew have spent many months making ready for this: “There are greenhouse sections that at the moment are reserved for natural manufacturing. All logistics and work group are tailored to this,” studies the skilled specialist. A few third of the floor beneath glass is now natural. Parsley, basil, chives, and so forth., offered in jars, thrive there. The certification of natural manufacturing was an essential step, emphasizes Ulrich Wagner. In any case, sustainability performs a serious function throughout the Wimex Group.

Natural herbs are a pilot undertaking that makes this clearly seen to the skin world. As well as, Bördegarten manages to provide greens within the greenhouse not solely very effectively and water-saving, but additionally in a climate-friendly manner. This has been confirmed by exterior certifiers with the product footprint of Osterweddinger cucumbers: One kilogram retains 362 grams of CO2, so the manufacturing of Bördegarten cucumbers saves round 919 tonnes of gasoline yearly. That is made attainable by the managed situations within the greenhouse, that are created totally robotically utilizing sensors by way of temperature, water and nutrient provide, recent air and shade. Thanks to those optimized dwelling situations, the crops really feel so good that phytosanitary measures are hardly essential.

Basil is likely one of the herbs that Bördegarten will supply to meals retailers in natural high quality this summer time. Minister Sven Schulze requested farm supervisor Jos Houwen concerning the specifics of the conversion to natural manufacturing.

Manufacturing with full gear
In 2018, Bördegarten, a subsidiary of the Wimex Group, took over the prevailing greenhouse in Osterweddingen. At present, the corporate manages a 63,000 m2 greenhouse outfitted with state-of-the-art expertise. “We took over the manufacturing web site on the time as non-productive and at the moment are producing with full gear reminiscent of an ebb and move system for herb irrigation, shading, air flow, CO2 provide , the most recent air con expertise and lighting in a variety of wavelengths. Thus, we now have been in a position to considerably enhance our manufacturing capability in addition to product high quality.”

Now the glazing space is to be considerably elevated, and the primary steps in the direction of the conclusion of the undertaking have been taken. Bördegarten can also be at the moment investigating new approaches, reminiscent of rising greens on bleachers. “It’s extra essential than ever to put money into analysis and growth and to stimulate innovation. Vertical farming, for instance, holds nice potential for meals safety”, underlined Minister Schulze. He expressly supported the native dedication additionally as a result of it merely shortens the distances that items should journey to get to the meals shops, thus doubly benefiting local weather safety.

Images: Bördegarten Gemüse Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH

For extra data:
Jose Houwen
Boerdegarten Vegetable Gross sales Firm Ltd
Köthener Str. 7 a
06369 Köthen (Anhalt) OT Arensdorf
Tel: +49 3496 3033 10
[email protected]

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