"Our entire sector has been less affected by production waste due to botrytis. We think that in part this is due to better breeds," says Jan Mans of nursery Topline Gerbera in Hedel.
Topline still decided to invest in a system that removes blemishes from the flowers in 2013. Jan: "All our flowers are sorted by a Havatec machine. Inside the machine we have installed CleanLight modules that shine disinfecting UV light on the flower. It happens automatically and within a few seconds, without us having to pay attention to it."
CleanLight supplier Arne Aiking: "The spores aren’t killed in that short time. But we do kill the active mold. The flower isn’t sterile after, but if active botrytis were present, it will have been killed, so it takes a few more days before it manifests." Jan Mans: "There are of course many days when there is no active mold. But we earn our investment back on the days that there is and we can’t see it yet."
Ruud van Leeuwen of Klondike Gardens confirms: "We have also had our gerbera tested after we installed CleanLight in 2010. And it is true that blemishes sometimes still manifest after very long storage tests. But in practice we see that it takes twice as long before it becomes visible to the naked eye. So this is good for us, for our clients and for consumers."
Finally, CleanLight supplier Arne Aiking points out that this renewable technology is now also recognized by government. "So the entrepreneur can use the Mia/Vamil regulation under code A-2336."