Dirk Röse

Indoor Ag-Con Asia

Grow­coon: Excel­lent tri­al out­co­me using hydro­po­nics presented

Big­ger, thi­c­ker, healt­hi­er: use of Grow­coon in a let­tuce crop tri­al with a hydro­po­nics sys­tem pro­ved a gre­at suc­cess. Klasmann-Deilmann Asia Paci­fic and Maan Bio­ba­sed Pro­ducts shared the­se results at the Ag-Con Asia event in Singapore.

The 4th Indoor Ag-Con (Agri­cul­tu­ral Con­ven­ti­on) Asia took place on 15 and 16 Janu­a­ry 2019 at Sands Expo and Con­ven­ti­on Cent­re, Sin­g­a­po­re. With its main focus on under-glass cul­ti­va­ti­on of food crops, this event is very much gea­red towards inno­va­ti­on. During this two-day con­ven­ti­on, experts repor­ted and dis­cus­sed on the latest indoor far­ming tech­no­lo­gies, which will be a key mar­ket in the future. The con­fe­rence attrac­ted many tra­de visi­tors from throughout the regi­on, loo­king for inspi­ra­ti­on, tech­ni­cal solu­ti­ons for their own nur­se­ries, and net­wor­king opportunities.

Klasmann-Deilmann Asia Paci­fic and Maan Bio­ba­sed Pro­ducts were in atten­dance, pre­sen­ting recent tri­al results using Grow­coon. The pro­pa­ga­ti­on sys­tem was tri­al­led at Kok Fah Tech­no­lo­gy Farm, one of the most pro­mi­nent gro­wers in Sin­g­a­po­re, with hydro­po­ni­cal­ly pro­du­ced let­tuces. Both the deep-flow tech­ni­que (DFT) and the nut­ri­ent film tech­ni­que (NFT) were app­lied. And the results were tru­ly impressive.

Crop per­for­mance was pre­sen­ted, allowing direct com­pa­ri­son bet­ween Grow­coon, plastic net pots and foam cubes. Let­tuces pro­du­ced using Grow­coon were lar­ger, had thi­c­ker lea­ves and healt­hi­er root balls. After see­ing the good tri­al results, many gro­wers from Chi­na, India, Indo­ne­sia, the Phil­ip­pi­nes and Sin­g­a­po­re expres­sed their inte­rest in using Grow­coon with their own hydro­po­nic systems.

Atten­ding from Klasmann-Deilmann Asia Paci­fic were Bert Des­met (Mana­ging Direc­tor), Ced­ric Fau­ré (Sales Mana­ger), Dave Ebi­za­wa (Sales Con­sul­tant Japan) and Micha­el Hwang (Sales Ana­lyst) who – along with Ted Vol­leb­regt (Mana­ging Direc­tor, Klasmann-Deilmann Bene­lux) – spent vir­tual­ly the ent­i­re time invol­ved in expert dis­cus­sions. This was also the case for André Jan­sen (Owner) and Bart Oude Wes­se­link (Mana­ging Direc­tor) who had tra­vel­led to Chi­na repre­sen­ting the Maan Group.

The Sin­g­a­po­re­an government had pre­vious­ly awar­ded ten vege­ta­ble-far­ming com­pa­nies with sub­si­di­sed 20-year lea­ses of two-hec­ta­re plots in 2018 to sti­mu­la­te local food pro­duc­tion. The­se busi­nes­ses were encou­ra­ged to adopt and assess inno­va­ti­ve, effi­ci­ent high-tech gro­wing sys­tems in their farms, such as mul­ti­lay­er hydro­po­nic sys­tems sup­plied with sui­ta­ble light using LED sources. The com­pa­ny Kok Fah Tech­no­lo­gy Farm men­tio­ned abo­ve is one of the selec­ted gro­wers. New land offers and gro­wers will be announ­ced from 2019 onwards. This is seen as ano­t­her gre­at oppor­tu­ni­ty to pro­mo­te Grow­coon and our gro­wing media in Sou­the­ast Asia.