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“Perfect control over plants, production and organization in one system”
Global population growth means there are ever more mouths to feed and a growing demand for high-quality fruit and vegetables that have been produced safely and sustainably. However, when it comes to fresh produce, traditional open-field cultivation is becoming a major challenge as a result of climate change and globalization. The increasing scarcity of crucial raw materials such as water and fertilizers also means that satisfying the global demand for food is becoming more of a challenge. It’s no surprise, then, that cultivation in a controlled greenhouse environment is becoming more popular all around the world. After all, greenhouse cultivation means protection against the effects of the climate, reduced consumption of water and fertilizers, and maximum yields.
However, the rapid advance of cultivation in a controlled environment brings challenges of its own. It involves thinking about automation, irrigation, fertigation, climate control, energy consumption, labour and management, for instance. There is significant demand for knowledge and technology to control production and crops in a clear and efficient manner. Together with end users, Ridder has developed a wide range of solutions to ensure that vegetables and soft fruit can be cultivated in greenhouses efficiently and fully in accordance with the grower’s cultivation strategy. These solutions can be used in greenhouses anywhere in the world, and can be fully customized for every type of crop, cultivation and level of expertise.
These days, growers of fruiting vegetables and soft fruit are more entrepreneurs than ‘farmers’. They need to have full insight and control over all processes within their operation, at all times. When it comes to key factors such as irrigation, climate management, energy consumption or labour productivity, any horticultural operation will find it difficult to succeed without automated solutions and support systems that allow them to manage these processes effectively. Ridder provides an integrated solution that coordinates all the hardware and processes involved in the cultivation of vegetables and soft fruit, enabling all systems to work together seamlessly.
Full control over irrigation, climate and energy, using one simple and user-friendly control system.
Ridder is a family-owned company with over 65 years of experience in automation in the horticulture sector. Our climate and irrigation systems originate in the Westland area of the Netherlands - the innovative heart of the international horticultural sector.
Screens, drive technology, management systems, water treatment & climate technology - all under one roof. Ridder gives you a total solution for creating the ideal growing conditions.
Full service and extensive support thanks to seven international offices and a global network of dealers.
In addition to the sustainable and efficient reuse of drainage water and fertilizers, it is vital for greenhouse vegetable growers to match the composition of fertilizers and the EC and pH value of the fertigation blend precisely to the needs of their crop.
Ridder offers an extensive portfolio of water management systems, designed specifically for recirculation systems and substrate cultivation. For instance, we can provide the right mixing units for preparing and dosing both solid and liquid fertilizers, disinfection units that enable you to safely reuse drain water, and environmentally friendly disinfection units for the responsible disposal of residual water.
The climate inside the greenhouse plays a decisive role in determining crop yields. Ridder provides a total solution that makes managing the climate in your greenhouse simple and straightforward. You can control temperature, humidity, ventilation, screening, supplementary lighting, irrigation, cooling and CO2 enrichment with unprecedented precision using our versatile adaptive process computers, intelligent sensors and user-friendly software.
All this will help you to maximize yields and achieve the very highest standards of quality, at the lowest possible cost price.
These days it’s almost impossible to imagine the horticulture sector without modern screening systems. Ridder's extensive range of screens will help you cultivate the perfect crop, and get the maximum return on your investment.
They provide fully optimized control over the effects of daylight, temperature, humidity and all the other factors that determine the growth of your crops - and your business’s bottom line.
When it comes to the large-scale greenhouse cultivation of fruit and vegetables, it can be difficult to maintain an overview of all the different processes that are going on within your business. In addition to information about work activities and crop production, many specific issues need to be logged - such as cases of pests and diseases.
Working together with growers, Ridder has developed practical management and data-logging systems that give growers the insight they need into every key process - crop productivity, harvest yields, work and product quality and labour processes. This enables them to run their operations more efficiently and cost-effectively.
Margins on fruit and vegetables are constantly being squeezed. It’s only natural, then, that many growers are looking for maximum control over the climate in their greenhouse, right down to the last detail.
Ridder's innovative drive systems have been designed especially for this purpose, providing precision control over the climate inside the greenhouse in every situation. And because both ventilation and screen installations have to do their job every time they are needed, especially when the situation is critical, Ridder’s drive systems have been developed with reliability and dependability as primary design features.
Ridder is a family-owned international company which has been transforming Dutch agri-food expertise into adaptive technology solutions for over 65 years. Ridder’s effective knowledge-sharing processes and practical solutions play an essential role in helping growers and farmers all over the world to manage their crops, climate and productivity.
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“I see myself as a horticultural evangelist with an unrelenting drive to help customers and colleagues to get the most out of our climate computers, sensors and software. My support and knowledge enable growers both to improve their bottom line and manage increasingly scarce resources such energy, land and water more responsibly. I feel very fortunate that as a product manager for a Dutch company such as Ridder, I can contribute indirectly to a better world."
-Joost Veenman, Product Manager Process Automation.