Fresh Forward Breeding | strawberry breeding company

In mid-2020 we started converting a 4ha cucumber nursery with 4 departments into a strawberry breeding company with 14 departments.

In collaboration with consultancy firm DLVge, Teunis Sikma and Kees van Miltenburg of Fresh Forward Breeding, water-technical, electrical and heating technical adjustments have been made.

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  • Growlighting
  • Watertreatement
  • CO2 reduction
  • Heating
  • Filtersystems

Conversion of cucumber nursery to strawberry breeding company

A fabric filter, several water treatment units, a drip system and a irrigation water system have been installed for adjusting the water-technical installation. They also made the necessary electrical adjustments. Department panels have been installed with various lighting systems, including assimilation lighting in the cutting department and various LED lighting systems in the test setups.

To adjust the heating, two transport groups with various heating groups are mounted in the sections. In addition, floor heating, pipe rail heating, growth pipe heating and table heating have been installed. A new CO2 installation has also been installed.

These activities are carried out in constant consultation with the clients, since regular changes are desirable for practical or technical reasons.

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Expertises

Cultivation

  • Strawberry

Royal Berry | strawberries from Bemmel

Trintech and Royal Berry have been linked since 2010. At the time, Jan van Genderen bought a tomato nursery that was conversed by Trintech to the cultivation of strawberries. Ranny van Raaij, commercial technical advisor Trintech: With this conversion, the foundation has been laid for many years of cooperation. I got to know Jan van Genderen as a driven entrepreneur who always goes for the highest attainable, something that fits the philosophy of Trintech.

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  • 15ha outdoor cultivation
  • Strawberries on gutters
  • Foil greenhouses
  • Installation of fresh irrigation water

Continue to grow | 7ha outdoor cultivation

In 2014 Royal Berry expanded with 7 ha of outdoor cultivation of strawberries on racks. By giving several storage silos a new function, we were able to connect this outdoor field largely to the existing installations. For this purpose, directional drilling has been carried out under the public road for the water technical and electrical installations.

In the meantime, the second greenhouse horticulture company, a stone’s throw from the first, had also been purchased. This company has also been conversed by Trintech and made suitable for the cultivation of strawberries.

Expansion 15ha foil greenhouses

In 2018 we expanded this location with 11 ha of foil greenhouses. This was again quite a challenge, given that this plot was located 1 kilometer away. Nevertheless, we have found a solution in consultation with the customer, which makes it possible to provide this cultivation with good irrigation water from the existing water technical space.

All necessary technical installations are housed in one central room, which makes monitoring easy. During that period, we also made preparations for the expansion of the greenhouse complex in 2019. In 2019 we took care of the expansion of 6ha of greenhouses for both water and electrical installations. In 2020 we are working on expanding the outdoor field from 11 foil greenhouses to 15 ha. This expansion will be ready for the new growing season at the beginning of 2021.

Fresh irrigation water in 2021

The first project is also known for 2021. In addition to the completion of the outdoor field, we will also install a new PE pipe for the supply of fresh irrigation water from the central irrigation water pond. This guarantees continuity and reliability for the future, after all, good water is of vital importance.

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  • Greenhouse

Expertises

Cultivation

  • Soft fruit

Innovating together with De Nijvis Groep

Nijvis has proven to breed eel in a planned and economically feasible way in recirculation systems (re-use of water). Nijvis owns 3 nurseries, a glass eel collection station and a smokehouse. The nurseries are located in the Netherlands, Germany and Morocco. The glass eel collection station in France and the smokehouse in the Netherlands.

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  • Remote service
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Best practice

20 years of developing and collaborating

Nijvis has its origins in the takeover of the then ailing nursery from PGEM (Provinciale Gelderse Energie Maatschappij). Within a year after the takeover, Nijvis was able to make the nursery profitable again. The company continued to grow and built nurseries and smokehouses in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Morocco. Trintech grew with them. The collaboration between Nijvis and Trintech started almost 20 years ago in 2001.

1st installation in the Netherlands

Albert van Dam, director of Trintech; “We realized the 1st installation in the Netherlands. Back then, still inexperienced with eel farms, we carried out the desired installation 100% according to the customer’s specifications. As the installations and techniques were expanded, our knowledge and expertise grew. Nijvis soon gave us the freedom to develop. William Swinkels, director of De Nijvis Groep, said at the time – ‘It would be great to be able to apply your experience from horticulture to our needs’. That was the order! With the additional remark to keep the risk of failure extremely minimal because failure causes stress. Not only with the customer, but also with the fish. When a fish is startled, it will not eat. This is at the expense of the well-being of the fish and farming. We therefore always choose carefully when we test a pump or make changes to the installation. To stay in terms of Nijvis ; “all for the benefit of the live fish.”

Remote service and ease of maintenance

Trintech carries out and thinks about every project as a total concept. We take care of the entire electrical infrastructure, from the ‘net’ to the last pump, water treatment and control. All systems are linked to a PC with a database. The values ​​from the field can be seen every 5 minutes. Important in this whole is the ease of maintenance.

Eel Farm Morocco

In the event of a calamity, Trintech cannot always be on site quickly due to the distance, such as Morocco. The availability of personnel with the right level of knowledge is often a challenge.

We can assist the customer remotely up to the switch panel. You can view the status of the installation yourself via touchscreens at various locations within the nursery. In the event of an alarm, your own personnel can press the alarm line. A photo of the inside of the installation is then shown, with an arrow indicating which part has failed. The staff on site can solve the problem themselves or make an adjustment.

From simple to best practice

Albert; “We were asked to keep the installation for Morocco, and in particular the operation, as simple as possible. Instead of placing individual switches and meters everywhere, we have centralized everything and brought it together in one PLC. The installations can be visually viewed and operated using touchscreens.

“Once we started the project, we found that too little was being registered. By bringing all data from the various data loggers together in one management tool, we created insight. At a glance, Nijvis is aware of the water quality, oxygen, pH level, etc. The choice to bring all data together in one management tool immediately resulted in an extremely stable installation. This made Morocco, instead of simple, ‘the example’ for the other locations.”

At the beginning of this year, Trintech was allowed to realize an expansion of the eel farm in Morocco.

Collaboration with the Nijvis Group

Albert: “We are currently looking at whether we can further optimize the system together with the customer. Think along in the process and possible optimization. You may say: “We are almost sitting in the customer’s seat.” That’s how it feels! During a project we proactively think about what would be good for the customer. By helping each other we pave the way for the future. We hope to exceed expectations every time.”

We can therefore proudly say that we are the preferred supplier of the Nijvis Group.

Market

  • Aquaculture

Expertises

Cultivation

  • Fish farms