New Kenya Breeding Location
In Kenya, Dümmen Orange recently finished building a completely new breeding location over approximately 1.2 hectares. During the first week of January 2019, they began making the first crossings here. Their focus is mainly on varieties that do well in African climates, but they will also select at least 100 codes that will be shipped to Latin America for further evaluation.
New Facilities in Ecuador
To increase their production capabilities in Ecuador, Dümmen Orange acquired Olij Roses. With this acquisition, Dümmen Orange now has a 2-hectare location with a showroom, trial, and budwood production area, significantly improving their setup in Ecuador.
Increased Production Capability in Colombia
Dümmen Orange is further investing in Colombia, where they have a successful partnership with Flores Prisma. Due to the acquisition of Olij Roses and previously Lex, Terra Nigra, and Bartels, as well as the agency for Jan Spek Roses and G-Rose Breeding, the current area at Flores Prisma became too small for trial evaluation and bud wood production. To resolve this, Dümmen Orange announced that they are increasing the area to almost 1 hectare, so they can speed up the production of budwood for their customers and improve their testing capacity. The showroom was finalized in September of 2017 and the additional expansion, which will be used for budwood production, will be done in two phases. One phase will be completed this January and the other one in
Breeding Process for South America
In order to select suitable varieties for the different climates and quickly bring their assortment to South American markets, Dümmen Orange ships approximately 450 (200 from the Netherlands, 100 from Kenya, 150 from Ethiopia) selected breeding codes every year to the main rose production areas for further testing. All the codes are tested based on the climates of Ecuador and Colombia. The acquisition of Olij Roses in October of 2016 was a critical step forward for their testing and production capabilities in Ecuador.
GreenGuard has become the new protocol in the industry to meet grower and consumer demand. Through GreenGuard production at their mother stock locations, Dümmen Orange minimizes chemical residues, enabling customers to immediately introduce beneficial products to their crop. GreenGuard fits both Integrated Pest
Management and customers’ plant resilience systems. The result is sustainably-grown products by Dümmen Orange customers.
“Start Clean, Stay Clean” Greencare
Greencare is the phytosanitary policy of Dümmen Orange to deliver healthy and clean starting material to growers worldwide. It enables them to prevent, control and minimize phytosanitary risks from breeding to production with the aid of far-reaching hygiene measures. These include separate working clothes and tools per phytosanitary location; checks and double-checks with periodic lab tests and regulated quarantine locations; close cooperation between their research department and worldwide partners in research, with knowledge exchange and clear communication in case of crisis
With the programs and policies Dümmen Orange has put in place, the environmental benefits have been substantial:
- 70% reduction of toxic load due to the GreenGuard polic
- 31,000 additional trees planted worldwide because of a commitment to reforestatio
- 13.5 hectares of land restored worldwide through rehabilitation of local environment
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