The Polish Vegetable Initiative

Increasing availability, quality and storability of vegetables

What was the market situation?

The Polfarm Group has been growing and distributing vegetables since 1989. Polfarm grows crops on around 2,000 ha of land near Gdańsk and Puck in northern Poland. Around 500 – 600 ha of the total acreage is devoted to growing vegetables. The main crop is carrots, which are grown on over 250 ha, but in recent years other vegetables such as parsley, celeriac, beets, onions and leeks have also become important. The Polfarm Group cooperates with leading retail chains in the Polish market and abroad.

The market is now demanding more in terms of vegetable availability and quality. Year-round availability – not just during the growing season but also in winter and spring – is more and more of a must. For that reason, the Polfarm Group is investing in improving its storage, washing and packing facilities, e. g. in a hydro-cooling system as cooling improves the durability of vegetables. The Polfarm Group was also the first to use ozonized water to wash vegetables, as it enhances their microbiological cleanliness and keeps them fresh longer.

left: Radosław Suchorzewski, Bayer; right: Paweł Gulczyński, Polfarm

What was the solution?

The increasing market requirements necessitated a more differentiated crop rotation schedule involving cereals, potatoes, horse beans and bulb vegetables. This has enabled a crop rotation cycle of at least five years. However, a key component of this strategy is a sustainable protection program against diseases and pests, which includes state-of-the-art conventional products, e. g. Luna® Experience, as well as biological products, e. g. Contans® WG and Serenade® ASO.

An important element in this sustainable growth and protection strategy is the use of monitoring and decision-support systems to precisely set the timing and number of crop protection treatments. The decision-support system includes a weather station and specialized software for determining the optimum dates for fungicide treatments. Last but not least, both sticky and pheromone traps are being used to control pests.

For further information download the brochure on the right margin.

Bayer Division Crop Science

Food Chain Partnership
Phone: +49 2173 38 48 28
Fax: +49 2173 38 33 83

Brochures

The Polish Vegetable Initiative

Increasing availability, quality and storability of vegetables

Polski projekt dla warzyw

Zrównoważona produkcja drogą do poprawy jakości

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