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The Mastercouse group consists of 15 inspiring horticultural managers between 25 and 40 years old, who will soon play a leading role in the future development of vegetable production in their country/region in an innovative and sustainable way. During their visit at Ridder, Chief Innovation Officer Joep van den Bosch kickstarted an inspiring session program in line with the ‘Helping You Grow Your’ brand promise of Ridder. The group discussed the necessity to adapt technology and knowledge to local markets. As well as this, the impact of important future developments in the field of data analysis, AI, machine learning and the autonomous greenhouse provided inspiring food for thought. The day was concluded with a field-visit to the innovation center of Ridder ambassador Duijvestijn Tomaten, one of the most sustainable and forward-thinking greenhouse growers in the world. Award-winning grower Ted Duijvestijn provided the group with inspiring insights on energy efficient greenhouse production and produce marketing.
Population growth is a global question, especially in countries where densely populated megacities are on the rise. Take China for example; a country where topics like food-security and the availability of fossil fuels are high on the agenda. Will building Dutch greenhouses simply solve these issues, or is a different approach required?Read more