[PRESS RELEASE] VIDEO: Automated Chinese greenhouse promotes safe organic food
June 23, 2016, Nairobi.Lüwochuan farm is an automated high-tech plastic greenhouse, located in Taizhou China, where organic leafy vegetables are cultivated. The aim of owner Mr. Zhu is to ensure that all Chinese citizens have access to healthy fresh organic food that is reliable. To produce more and the best quality, the company uses accurate and reliable technology by partners Codema Systems Group, Hoogendoorn Growth Management and Industrial Product Solutions B.V
Feeding China, one of the worlds’ largest countries is a challenge, but securing its safety is an even bigger challenge. Promoting healthy food in China and boosting consumer confidence is thus essential, particularly in local produced food. According to Mr. Zhu, owner of Lüwochuan farm, it is especially important as local green vegetables could not always be trusted to guarantee consumer health.
Mr. Ben Zhu, was running his own plastic factory for about 28 years. But in 2010 he started his own greenhouse project called Lüwochuan farm. This is a 2 hectare automated high-tech plastic greenhouse. Mr. Zhu partnered with André van der Stoel, owner of Industrial Product Solutions, who is a co-creator of this project and designer of the greenhouse. The aim is to enable all Chinese citizens to enjoy their fresh organic leafy vegetables. To bring healthy organic food to the Chinese consumer, Lüwochuan recently opened its own exclusive store, besides delivering to supermarkets, where Chinese consumers can taste and buy their products. On top of that, Lüwochuan organizes educational tours for e.g. schools, other growers and consumers.
With the increasing demand of healthy and safe food in China, this means producing more leafy vegetables of good quality and with fewer resources, which requires efficiency and thus intelligent systems and automation.
By monitoring and controlling factors such as greenhouse climate and water, which have an impact on crop growth, quality and production, Lüwochuan farm contributes to food safety and enlarges trust in local produced food in China. The Codema irrigation system contributes to the good quality of water and filters the water and conducts nutrient detection tests every day. The advanced and flexible Hoogendoorn iSii process computer enables to control all processes in the greenhouse, from irrigation to climate and energy. On top of that, the system is available in the Chinese language and controllable from an iPad or Smart phone, making it a user-friendly system for the employees.