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“One reliable system that lets us monitor every aspect of our vertical farm”
Vertical farming is perhaps one of the most talked-about agricultural developments of recent decades. Vertical farming in a completely closed crop environment has emerged as a direct consequence of global population growth. Increasing urbanization means that demand for local food production is growing in urban areas. Vertical and multi-layer growing in fully controlled environments is one solution. It enables growers to grow fresh produce at any location, all year round. It also requires relatively little space and reduces the grower’s dependence on increasingly scarce farmland or the influence of local weather conditions.
However, vertical farming in a closed and controlled environment also poses certain challenges when it comes to climate control and fertigation. In recent years, Ridder and a number of other pioneers have gained knowledge and experience in this relatively young, fast-growing and innovative sector. This has led to the development of a number of practical technical solutions that will enable the vertical farming sector to optimize and achieve sustainable growth.
Maximum control over climate and energy consumption in a completely closed environment, balanced fertilization strategies, water-saving recirculation technologies and full insight into your production and work processes.
Full control over irrigation and climate, using one integrated solution
Ridder is a family-owned company with over 65 years of experience in horticultural technology. Our climate and irrigation systems originate in the Westland area of the Netherlands - the innovative heart of the international horticultural sector.
Climate computers, management systems and water treatment & climate technology - all under one roof. Ridder can provide 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.
Grow benches, rockwool substrate, ebb-and-flow systems, aeroponics, drip irrigation - there really is no one standard irrigation system for vertical farming. But the same principle applies to all these systems: quality irrigation water and a balanced mix of fertilizers are essential for a healthy crop.
Ridder provides a comprehensive range of water management systems, with solutions for effective water management in vertical farming. From smart, compact automated fertigation units to water-saving recirculation and disinfection systems.
Vertical farming is a relatively new sector that involves the use of many different systems. Particularly when it comes to automation, the great challenge is to operate and coordinate all this different equipment in the most effective way. Many separate systems can often lead to a lack of insight into your crop and climate.
Ridder’s HortiMaX climate computers provide a solution to ensure that all the different systems and equipment work together seamlessly, ensuring the perfect climate for growth.
In vertical farming, it is essential to have an overview of all work processes and the work that needs to be done. But when data is stored in different systems, it can be difficult to stay on top of managing the various crops, labour productivity, work processes and costs. Often, the grower has little insight into productivity, which makes it tough to make the right decisions.
Ridder's management and tracking systems enable you to maximize worker productivity, monitor quality, analyse work processes and ensure that all costs within the vertical farm are transparent. This leads to improved clarity and responsiveness, whether this involves crop development, labour tracking or quality standards. In addition, our track-and-trace systems enable you to monitor quality across the production chain more easily.
Ridder is a family-owned international company which has been transforming Dutch agri-food expertise into adaptive technology solutions for over 65 years. Ridder solutions are easy to adapt to your exact local requirements and conditions. 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.
Download our company brochure to discover how our solutions can help you improve your bottom line in vertical farming.Download company brochure
“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.