Uganda: Dutch breeder paves the way to sustainability

Breeding company Royal Van Zanten pursues a progressive policy at its production sites in Uganda. A look at its propagation facilities hones in on important sustainable certifications such as MPS GAP, ABC level 1 and Socially Qualified in practice.

Environmentally-friendly cultivation
In addition to traceability of trade, safety of employees and hygiene, environmentally-friendly cultivation is an important aspect at the production locations in Kampala and Wakiso. In the greenhouses, scouts check the crops thoroughly for insects, fungi and viruses which is carried out per cultivation area, one by one, six days a week. Based on the overall condition of the Chrysanthemum or Celosia crops and the presence of harmful organisms, an extremely targeted crop protection program is made.

In line with its focus on biodiversity, the organisation also places great emphasis on the so-called Integrated Pest Management (IPM): a method in which sustainable and environmentally-friendly cultivation is a major pillar. RVZ is also transparent in its feedback to customers about the crop protection products used. They can then take this into account in their own cultivation program.


No waste
The plastic waste stream from Royal Van Zanten has also been reduced to zero. A local entrepreneur turns the used plastic from the propagation facilities into sustainable building materials.

For more information:
Royal Van Zanten
Lavendelweg 15, Rijsenhout
P.O. Box 265, 1430 AG Aalsmeer
The Netherlands
Tel: +31(0)297 38 70 00

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