Best in horticultural technology celebrated at 2019 GreenTech Awards
GreenTech running until next Thursday June 13

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: At its annual awards ceremony in the RAI convention centre, the horticultural technology show GreenTech (running until June 13th) celebrated the best in horticultural technology-for-good innovation.

At the first day of the show, GreenTech Awards chairman Harm Maters said that an international advisory committee and jury shortlisted to 18 nominees in three categories:  ‘Innovation award’, ‘Sustainability Award’ and ‘Concept Award’.

Natutec Scout from Koppert Biological Systems scooped up the ‘Innovation Award’ . Manual scouting is important in the horticulture industry, but also time-consuming and error-sensitive activity. With this in mind Koppert designed the Natutec scout-app, an intuitive mobile application and dashboard that gives instant insight into the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) situation of greenhouse growers. This enables growers to respond rapidly in the on-going battle against potentially harmful pests and diseases

Head judge Harm Maters said that the tool is ‘globally applicable’, ‘simple and easy to use’, has global impact on indoor and outdoor farming and is a ‘great innovation’.

The GreenTech Sustainability Award went to Ridder NoNa+  from  Ridder Group. NoNa+ is the industry’s first cost-efficient sodium-removal solution that removes harmful sodium levels from drain water and enables emission free cultivation thanks to an unique combination of selective membrane and electrodialysis technology. This innovative system minimises the loss of expensive fertilisers and makes it possible to remove sodium without adding other minerals. The jury said that NoNa+ is deservingly winning the award as ‘it maximizes the greenhouse water cycle while less investment, high input and zero sodium creates an affordable product for growers everywhere.’

e-Gro from Grodan won the GreenTech Concept Award. e-Gro is an open platform that provides comprehensive visibility and intelligent recommendations to help growers make data driven decisions and optimize their total operation. The platform gives a clear picture of the root zone, the crop, the climate conditions, the irrigation and harvest results. As a result, a grower has more control and he can make better informed decisions.

All the entries for the awards are part of the GreenTech Innovation Route. The nominees including the winners are showcased at the InnovationLAB.

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