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Dutch company harvests first greenhouse asparagus

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In the Netherlands, the asparagus season has started for Teboza and his customers. The first greenhouse asparagus have been harvested and are now available in Teboza. “The supply will be limited in the coming weeks. However, the quality is excellent, ”explains Will Teeuwen.

“We started early last year. It went very well, we decided that after the end of the year celebrations we would like to offer our customers fresh and Dutch asparagus. We sell these first asparagus mainly to restaurateurs in Belgium. and Scandinavia. There aren’t any big volumes yet, but it will increase from now on. “

“[Due to the lockdown,] we currently have a large shortage of buyers from the Dutch hotel industry. But, over the past two years, our retail customers have made up for this loss. Asparagus is still considered a luxury item. And consumers are now more inclined to prepare it at home, ”continues Will.

“We expect the season to be good. Only 20% of the fields still need to be prepared. This puts us ahead of schedule to prepare the beds. We will start heating the outdoor crop from the end of January. We will harvest those from early / mid-March. There will be less forced volumes in the Netherlands. It is because of the increase in energy prices. “

“Some producers cannot cope with the current gas prices. And some have sold their contracts. We have deliberately chosen not to do so. Supporting our customers is more important to us than making a quick buck. But rising costs remain a major challenge. These include packaging materials, transport and personnel costs, ”explains Will.

Rather too little than too much
“From the end of March / beginning of April, we will start cultivating cold soils in mini tunnels. This culture has developed well, despite a cool and not very sunny summer. speculation. But there doesn’t seem to be any more kilos. There is generally no price pressure. “

“Of course, with temperatures of 25 ° C in the spring, harvests could peak. But normally there shouldn’t be any problems selling the offer. In fact, we would expect too little supply instead. that too. In the Netherlands the area is no longer increasing. In Europe there is even a downward trend, “explains Teeuwen.

Culture in other European countries
Teboza, on the contrary, considerably extends its area, especially abroad. “This year we will continue to increase that. We will start harvesting our asparagus in Spain in two weeks. We have significantly expanded this harvest. Our sorting and packaging methods in the Netherlands have recently really caught on in the market. Our Dutch land area also continues to grow.

“Our Belgian customers demand Belgian asparagus, so we are also extending this crop. We are also considering cultivating in other European countries to offer an alternative to customers, ”explains the asparagus producer. “This also applies to our organic area. We have been growing organic asparagus for 20 years. We have decided to exceed the European Commission’s target of 25% organic area by 2030.”

And this year, Teboza will once again put the Sparter to work in its fields. This is Cerescon’s selective asparagus harvesting robot. “Last year we took the time to really learn how to use this robot. It has not yet met our expectations. The devil is in details like sensing technology and agility. But we strongly believe in the automation of crops. This is why we will also be working this year alongside the harvesting robot from AVL Motion. Then we can learn more about this technology, ”concludes Will.

For more information:
Teboza
14 B Zandberg
5988 NO, Helden, NL
Phone: +31 (0) 773 071 444
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.teboza.com