FRESH PRODUCE PRODUCTION
Total Controlled Environment Agriculture
GoGrow provide a wide product range of:
scalable and movable
small carbon footprint
green energy and water
agricultural production solutions
designed specifically for
Total Controlled Environment Agriculture.
2-6% of traditional water usage
Greatly increased crop cycles and yields
No environmental impact and pollution
Increased margins and IRRs over traditional agriculture
Provide better tasting organic crops
Provide healthier organic food crops
Requires no insecticides, pesticides and chemical fertilisers
Provide much higher yields per square metre
Produce with longer shelf life, resulting in less waste
No residuals in/on the crop
Shorter supply chains resulting in better food and smaller carbon footprints
Contributes to UN SDG 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 13
The management team is comprised of competent, qualified and experienced individuals who have a passion for making a difference. The team have operated other businesses together.
Dr R Smorfitt - PhD, MBA, BTech and 3 year electronics diploma. 47 years corporate and entrepreneur experience. CEO. UK citizen.
JP Pereira - BSc Agriculture 47 years experience in corporate and entrepreneur. Director Crop development and grower support. Portuguese citizen.
DB Botha - BSc Electrical Electronics Broad experience in systems design. 43 years experience in corporate and entrepreneur. Director Sensors, networks and telecoms. South African citizen.
The company has learned a lot from the changes wrought on business by COVID and are using a distributed model for staff and premises.
WHO SHOULD READ THIS AND WHY
Large food retailers, SMEs, food processors, pharmaceutical manufacturers, beauty product manufacturers, governments, large farmers and organisations providing food aid.
The perfect storm occurred with the arrival of COVID. There is no doubt that the collapse of many supply chains, more specifically food supply chains, highlighted poor food security. The UK simultaneously implemented BREXIT which decreased their levels of food security. Then add the pressure of carbon footprint issues which are further exacerbated by long food supply chains, and the storm is almost perfect.
The supply chains that were broken were not limited to food, which further highlighted the weaknesses of globalisation for the first time.
These are government problems, but the truth is that they will shift this burden to the private sector. It IS a business issue that requires private sector adjustments.,
Fresh produce and food production solutions are not as simple as before. Importing has complex outcomes now. Traditional farming cannot deliver it all, so new solutions are required. The mix of solutions will be a critical part of fresh produce and food production. Competitive advantage, now more fleeting in nature, will become more dependent on pertinent decisions being made.
There are four agricultural segments - traditional soil-based, contained agriculture, vertical agriculture and greenhouses.
Each has their own strengths and weaknesses. So how do we select the mix?
For SMEs we have the full range of smaller machines from Opcom available.
If you training people or want a small deskop model that does small plants and vines then there is the GrowBox. If you want to do a larger volume of items there is the GrowWall unit which has a small footprint and is ideal for lettuce and similar plants. If you have a room that supports a large bank of growing units there is the GrowCube unit which allows for 4 units to be stacked vertically. There is also the small footprint GrowTank unit available ideally suited to tall vine products. have a look at the Opcom products in more detail on https://www.opcomfarm.com/EU/pagenew The page indicates Recommended Retail Prices but contact us for prices suited to your deal.
HOW CAN WE HELP
If you want an honest review of the four (4) different growing methodologies, please complete the contact form at the end, with a message heading of Agriculture Options, and we will send you a document to help inform you in this regard.