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03.09.2021
Skadi Menne
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Klasmann-Deilmann wel­co­mes federal politicians

Albert Ste­ge­mann and Jens Beeck as guests at Sub­stra­te Manufacturer

Our gro­wing media help to secu­re the sup­ply of healt­hy food.” Moritz Böcking, Mana­ging Direc­tor of the Klasmann-Deilmann Group, exp­lai­ned the role of the sub­stra­te sec­tor in the food indus­try to the visi­tors from Ber­lin. The guests inclu­ded Albert Ste­ge­mann (Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment), Hel­mut Höke (Mayor of Gees­te), and Oli­ver Trapp­mann (Sales Mana­ger Cen­tral Euro­pe Com­po GmbH). The fol­lowing day, Jens Beeck (Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment) visi­ted the company.

Moritz Böcking exp­lai­ned that substrates have been avail­ab­le at all times, even during the Coro­na pan­de­mic, to cul­ti­va­te vege­ta­bles, let­tuce and fruit. While inter­na­tio­nal sup­ply chains strug­gled with bot­t­len­ecks, the sub­stra­te indus­try was able to con­ti­nue pro­du­cing without restric­tions and sup­ply the food indus­try in par­ti­cu­lar. The main­stay of this was the use of domestic raw mate­ri­als such as peat, wood fib­re and green com­post. “We are gra­te­ful to the Nut­ri­ti­on Working Group in the CDU/CSU par­lia­men­ta­ry group for kee­ping a clear view of this sta­te of affairs and stan­ding up for a raw mate­ri­als poli­cy with a sen­se of pro­por­ti­on,” said Moritz Böcking. “The Coro­na cri­sis show­ed that we are a reli­able part­ner to the food indus­try, part­ly becau­se we use local resour­ces such as peat and wood.”

Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Albert Ste­ge­mann con­fir­med that the sub­stra­te indus­try is depen­dent on a balan­ced raw mate­ri­al mix to be able to ful­fill its social respon­si­bi­li­ty in the future. He refer­red to the ten-point pro­gram of the Ger­man Federal Minis­try of Food and Agri­cul­tu­re, which envi­sa­ges a reduc­tion in the use of peat in gro­wing media. “At the same time, the­re is no ques­ti­on that this deve­lo­p­ment will take time and that access to rene­wa­ble raw mate­ri­als must be made easier. The sub­stra­te indus­try is an inte­gral part of important value chains. The poli­cy here deman­ds and sup­ports at the same time.”

Albert Ste­ge­mann was par­ti­cu­lar­ly inte­res­ted in peat moss cul­ti­va­ti­on, which can be used to acce­le­ra­te the rena­tu­ra­ti­on of for­mer extrac­tion are­as. “The tar­ge­ted app­li­ca­ti­on of peat moss leads to the bin­ding of cli­ma­te-dama­ging gases much ear­lier than other pro­ces­ses,” Moritz Böcking ela­bo­ra­ted. Albert Ste­ge­mann con­clu­ded that “this pro­cess could also be ground­brea­king for the agri­cul­tu­ral indus­try in order to achie­ve cli­ma­te pro­tec­tion tar­gets by 2030. We want to shape struc­tu­ral chan­ge in such a way that ever­yo­ne can keep up.”

Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Jens Beeck was also inte­res­ted in peat moss cul­ti­va­ti­on and ther­fo­re recei­ved a detail­ed report on the exten­si­ve short rota­ti­on cop­pi­ce (SRC) plan­ta­ti­ons of Klasmann-Deilmann. The back­ground was the com­mon inte­rest in the upgrading of clai­med agri­cul­tu­ral are­as at home and abroad. Other topics inclu­ded the expan­si­on of com­pos­ting plants, the con­struc­tion of wind farms and the rou­te of future power lines through cen­tral Emsland.

Con­ti­nued the dia­lo­gue at Klasmann-Deilmann: (back) Oli­ver Trapp­mann (Com­po) and Hol­ger Cos­se (CDU), (cen­ter) Bernd Weh­ming (Mana­ging Direc­tor Klasmann-Deilmann) and Hel­mut Höke (Mayor of Gees­te), (front) Moritz Böcking (Mana­ging Direc­tor Klasmann-Deilmann), Kath­rin Blo­me (CDU) and Albert Ste­ge­mann (Mem­ber of the Bundestag).