"Higher production, with a lower risk of diseases."
Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects B.V. and CannabiDol are going to cooperate. Bas Duijvestijn and John Dol announced this last week.
As Sales Manager at Van der Hoeven, Bas Duijvestijn has seen the demand for cannabis projects increase for some time. This strong demand is often accompanied by some uncertainty about what such a project should look like. There is much uncertainty about the correct way of growing, and there are few producers who grow cannabis in the same way. “Cannabis is currently one of the fastest-growing industries in the world and we are seeing market prices dropping,” says Bas. “This requires more efficient cultivation solutions, so five years down the line enough money can still be earned. Through the collaboration with John Dol, Van der Hoeven can lay down a complete package for entrepreneurs who want to grow cannabis optimally and sustainably. We can assist customers from the drawing board and the feasibility study up to and including the cultivation advice after the turnkey construction has been completed.”
The qualifying round of the 2nd edition of the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge was held in Bleiswijk on Thursday 12 September. The Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge is a competition is organised by Wageningen University (WUR). Over a period of six months, the teams compete with each other to produce the maximum harvest with the minimum energy consumption.
Over the past several years, we’ve been seeing a strong demand for our high-tech greenhouses from the Eastern European market. This has partly been driven by governments keen to promote local food production, whether or not through subsidies, but also by the growing demand for a high quality, year-round product. In recent years, Van der Hoeven has completed a range of projects in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, among others, and in partnership with local builders we’ve created some impressive projects. Furthermore, for several projects we provide an excellent aftersales service and advice on cultivation, resulting in fast-growing and profitable companies.
Takeover strengthens market position within the sector and underlines focus on innovation
The executive boards of Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects and Patron/Enthoven Techniek have agreed that as of today Patron/Enthoven will become a division of Van der Hoeven. Last Friday, Peter Spaans and Martin Steentjes from Van der Hoeven and Ronald Begelinger from Patron/Enthoven informed the employees of both companies about the takeover.
The takeover of Patron/Enthoven meets the growth ambition of Van der Hoeven and the broadening of the services package will further strengthen the position of Van der Hoeven in the market. As neighbours in Den Hoorn and doing complementary businesses in the sector both Van der Hoeven and Patron/Enthoven have a long history of intensive and successful collaboration on horticultural projects throughout the entire world. By combining their strengths, this collaboration will be intensified even further and the total organisation will be taken to a higher level. This will then enable them to serve the international market even better with innovative turn-key horticultural projects.
Peter Spaans, Managing Director of Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects:
“The growing market for high-tech turn-key total solutions calls for a greater level of integration between all the systems and installations. Our innovative projects will benefit the most from this bundling of forces.”
In conversation with Taizo Sano
The man behind the biggest horticulture project in Japan
In Kasoaka, Japan, construction of the horticultural project measuring 128,269 m2 is well underway. The complex comprises three greenhouses where lettuce, tomatoes and red peppers will be grown. Time for an interview with Sano-San, an old acquaintance of Van der Hoeven and one of the founders of the largest horticultural project in Japan.
1. Can you tell us something about your career?
After graduating from the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto Prefectural University, I started my career at Kagome Co., Ltd., the largest producer of tomato based products in Japan. After becoming the President of Kagome USA in 1998, I managed Kagome’s fresh tomato business at large-scale greenhouses, and I became a managing executive officer in 2006. After retiring from Kagome in 2016, I founded SARA Inc.
2. What is the mission of your company SARA?
At SARA — which stands for Smart Agribusiness Research & Alliance — we want everyone to enjoy fresh, tasty, healthy, and safe grown vegetables in Japan year-round. To achieve this goal, we are combining cutting-edge horticultural technology with state-of-the-art renewable energy technology to create an efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective agricultural system.
For our roll-out, we have chosen as our stage a vast area of reclaimed land in Kasaoka Bay, Okayama Prefecture. One of the four largest areas of reclaimed land in Japan, this region’s virgin soil provides the perfect environment for an entirely new approach to farming. Both working closely with local communities and engaging in intensive research and development, as well as developing strategic relationships with a variety of companies, we aim to establish an agricultural model that will connect us to the future.
Our strength lies not only in the size of our company, but in the scope of our ambition. Our commitment is to grow into a future vegetable company not just in Japan, but in all of Asia, evolving the innovative cultivation technologies we now possess into something even more advanced and efficient.