Not only will Stolze start working for Florensis in the Dutch city of Dinteloord this year, but also on two of their production locations in Africa. Florensis has two cultivation companies in Ethiopia: Florensis Ethiopia and Florensis Abyssinia. Stolze has installed the technical installations in both companies, the youngest of which is Florensis Abyssinia, which was founded in 2015 and currently has 14 hectares of greenhouses.
Florensis Abyssinia, which has been built in different phases, has been expanded by about 4 hectares in 2018 and still has room for expansion in the future. Since the beginning, Stolze has been the preferred supplier for this location and has provided water and electronic installations and Priva automation in this phase as well.
Within the different departments, Pelargonium mother plants are most prominently present. A large corridor in the middle of the greenhouse separates the departments, thus guaranteeing the hygiene. The new department will also be adjacent to this corridor.
The watering is done via a drip system, the sprinklers of which are low and close to the pots. The installation has been designed this way because the plants require regular pruning and to prevent damaging. They work with a daily supply system using 5 different recipes. By manually operating a tap they can choose between the 5 recipes.
Florensis is a breeder and supplier of starting materials for various plants and cut flowers. Their Abyssinia location is also progressive, as shown by their high-tech installations and the way they operate. The drain water is reused, and the silos are sealed to prevent contamination and evaporation. In the Netherlands, the reusing of drain water might not be special, but in Ethiopia, this practice is not one you'd ordinarily see.
Florensis continues making its production more sustainable and takes its social responsibility seriously. Through a variety of projects, Florensis contributes to the social development of their employees and the citizens in the surrounding area. During their peaks, around 800 people work at the Florensis Abyssinia location. The employees get an education and can join a Micro-finance project, which provides rent-free loans that can be used for housing, buying land and other such things. The Flower Child project, a foundation by Florensis, looks after orphans in the area and contributes to the building of schools in both Ethiopia and Kenya.
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