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Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Organifarms and Biobest win GreenTech Innovation Awards 2022

The winners of the GreenTech Awards were announced at the opening of GreenTech Amsterdam 2022. Organifarms wins the Concept Award for BERRY, a harvesting robot for strawberries. Biobest wins the Innovation Award for the Micromus-System, a generalist predator for protected crops. GreenTech Amsterdam will be held till Thursday 16 June 2022.

Jury chair Liselotte de Vries (TU Delft AgTech Institute) says: “This year we received submissions with a wide variety, which is exciting to see after the past challenging years. The jury looked at biological-, production- and digitization technologies. A selection of these were nominated for the Innovation and Concept Awards."
On the winners: “The Concept and Innovation Award winners won based on their product and also based on their professional presentations. Both presented the jury with a high level of details, based on facts & figures and a very concrete insight into their product, company and business plans. We encourage future submissions to follow this level of professionalism.”

The GreenTech Concept Award goes to: BERRY by Organifarms - Germany
BERRY by Organifarms is a harvesting robot for strawberries automating the detection of position, ripeness, and quality of the fruit.

Organifarms first product is BERRY, a harvesting robot for strawberries. Key component is their image recognition software for the detection of position, ripeness, and quality of the fruit. BERRY can detect the exact degree of ripeness of each fruit, harvest them safely and places them directly into punnets where there are weighed and ready for sale.
Liselotte de Vries: “An interesting technology, strong team and strong network of partnerships that can contribute to the flexibility and swift development of Berry.”

The GreenTech Innovation Award goes to: Micromus-System by Biobest - Belgium

Micromus-System is a generalist predator of which both adults and larvae feed on all common aphid species found in protected crops.

The brown lacewing Micromus angulatus is a generalist predator feeding on all common aphid species found in protected crops such as vegetable, soft fruit, medicinal cannabis and ornamental crops. Both larvae and adults prey on aphids.
Liselotte de Vries: “With this winner the jury expressed its support to continue the development of new sustainable innovations of IPM programs.”

The winners, nominees and entries for the Innovation Awards are showcased during the exhibition.

To check out the longlist of all the entries of the Innovation Awards please visit:
Innovative Products & Solutions
Innovation & Concept Award Nominees
Innovation & Concept Award Winners

Jury

The jury of the GreenTech Innovation Awards 2022 consists of:

  • Chair: Liselotte de Vries, TU Delft AgTech Institute (Netherlands)
  • Silke Hemming, Wageningen University & Research (Germany)
  • Peter Zwinkels, Tecknokas (Netherlands)
  • Mark Durno, Rockstart (United Kingdom)
  • Peet van Adrichem, Horti-Tech B.V. (Netherlands)
  • Paul Stoffels, Stoffels Tomaten (Belgium)

The jury’s advisory committee consists of:

  • Brian Sparks, Greenhouse Grower (USA)
  • Leonardo Capitano, Vivai Capitanio (Italy)
  • Enrico Verhoef, Total Greenhouse Service (Mexico)
  • Heinrich Dressler, Haymarket (Germany)

Registration for GreenTech Amsterdam
Visitors can register on www.greentech.nl.
Visitors pay a registration fee of € 99.99 including VAT per person.