Philips recently organized the International High Wire Event for the first time. The event was held in the Netherlands for a select group of international tomato growers, all of whom had experience growing crops with LED interlighting.
Growers came from the Netherlands, UK, Finland, Denmark, Ukraine, Russia, Latvia and China. A total of 29 growers from 14 different companies took part in the program.
The highlights of the two-day program were visits to tomato growers Jami and Kwekerij Wim Peters, as well as the Philips Lighting Application Center (LAC). This visitor center is specially equipped to demonstrate the possible uses of light, for instance in a supermarket or production hall.
During the tour, attention was given to research into growth using LED lighting with a visit to the Improvement Centre/GreenQ in Bleiswijk, where a trial with LED interlighting in combination with LED toplighting is currently being conducted. The group also visited Tomatoworld, where they examined and tried various cultivars.
The program was filled with practical visits, but there was also plenty of time for exchanging know-how and experience.
“There was a constant and open exchange of experiences, sometimes relating to cultivation using LED lighting, but also relating to other matters such as how local sales are arranged by area,” says Esther Hogeveen, a plant specialist at Philips. “And indeed this is precisely what we had in mind. We wanted to bring together this select group of innovative growers to enable them to achieve even better results by learning from one another.”