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Organifarms and Biobest winners of the GreenTech Innovation Awards 2022

Organifarms and Biobest winners of the GreenTech Innovation Awards 2022

Organifarms wins the Concept Award for BERRY, a strawberry picking robot. Biobest wins the innovation award for the Micromus-System

 

14.06.2022 – ENGLISH
The winners of the GreenTech Awards were announced at the opening of GreenTech Amsterdam 2022. Organifarms wins the Concept Award for BERRY, a strawberry picking robot. Biobest wins the Innovation Award for the Micromus-System, a generalist predator for protected crops. GreenTech Amsterdam runs until Thursday 16 June 2022.

Jury chair Liselotte de Vries (TU Delft AgTech Institute) says: «This year we received very varied entries, which is exciting after the difficult previous years. The jury examined biological, production and digitisation technologies. A selection of these were nominated for the Innovation and Concept Awards».

On the winners: «The winners of the Concept and Innovation Awards won for their product and also for their professional presentations. Both presented the jury with a high level of detail, based on facts and figures and a very concrete vision of their product, company and business plans. We encourage future presentations to follow this level of professionalism».

Greentech Concept Award goes to BERRY from Organifarms – Germany

BERRY from Organifarms is a strawberry picking robot that automates the detection of the position, ripeness and quality of the fruit.

Organifarms’ first product is BERRY, a strawberry picking robot. The key component is its image recognition software for detecting the position, ripeness and quality of the fruit. BERRY can detect the exact degree of ripeness of each fruit, harvest it safely and place it directly into baskets where it is weighed and ready for sale.

De Vries says: «Interesting technology, a strong team and a solid network of partnerships can contribute to Berry’s flexibility and rapid development.

Greentech innovation award goes to Micromus-System from Biobest – Belgium

Micromus-System is a generalist predator whose adults and larvae feed on all common aphid species found in protected crops.

The brown lacewing Micromus angulatus is a generalist predator that feeds on all common aphid species found on protected crops such as vegetables, soft fruit, medicinal cannabis and ornamentals. Both larvae and adults feed on aphids.

De Vries: «With this winner, the jury has expressed its support to continue the development of new sustainable innovations from the GIP programmes».

The winners, nominees and entries for the Innovation Awards are presented during the exhibition.

For a list of all Innovation Award nominations, please visit: https://www.greentech.nl/amsterdam/innovations/products/.

And the nominees: https://www.greentech.nl/amsterdam/innovations/nominees/

Jury present

The GreenTech Innovation Awards 2022 jury is composed of:

President: Liselotte de Vries, TU Delft AgTech Institute (The Netherlands).
Silke Hemming, Wageningen University and Research (Germany)
Peter Zwinkels, Tecknokas (Netherlands)
Mark Durno, Rockstart (United Kingdom)
Peet van Adrichem, Horti-Tech B.V. (The Netherlands)
Paul Stoffels, Stoffels Tomaten (Belgium)

The jury’s advisory committee consists of

Brian Sparks, Greenhouse Grower (United States)
Leonardo Capitano, Vivai Capitanio (Italy)
Enrico Verhoef, Total Greenhouse Service (Mexico)
Heinrich Dressler, Haymarket (Germany)

Main image: Opening ceremony of GreenTech 2022. From left to right: Ms. Mariska Dreschler, Director Horticulture – GreenTech Global, Ms. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri – Minister of Climate Change & Environment of the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Karashukeev Yerbol Shyrakpaevich – Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Mr. Jan Kees Goet – Secretary General at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality.

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