Pellikaan Gewasklemsystemen develops smart applications for the cultivation of tomatoes and cucumbers. The systems can now be applied to an even wider range of crops in both high-tech and low-tech horticulture. A good reason for an interview with Cor Pellikaan. He stands at the helm of Pellikaan and has been a participant in World Horti Center and its predecessor Demokwekerij Westland since 2015.
Pellikaan’s claim to fame is its Qlipr system. This new suspension system for cucumber and tomato plants, which was developed by Pellikaan, is a simple tool that contributes to significant process optimization for greenhouse horticulture companies. Compared to more traditional applications, the clip system simplifies and reduces the number of crop handling operations. However, there are even more advantages to this system. It improves working conditions as well as the quality of the final product. In addition, a scent can be applied to the foam called proteQ and which is part of the Qlipr system to keep harmful insects at bay.
No more plastic waste thanks to Qlipr
Last but not least, the system contributes to a reduced environmental footprint – and that is very important to Cor. ‘The Qlipr system can play an important role in the transition from waste to compost and contribute to a truly circular greenhouse. That is my ambition: to contribute to a sustainable future for the horticulture industry’, says Cor. ‘The system is continually being expanded as a basis for even more sustainable and efficient innovations. In addition to low-tech markets, high-tech markets are now also showing interest in our product and we have customers all over the world. We have developed the product even further so that it can also be used to grow sweet peppers, aubergines, cucumbers, blackberries and raspberries,’ Cor continues with pride.