Cravo re­tractable roof tech­nol­ogy adopted

The first Cravo Re­tractable Roof house from Canada is now on its way to a prom­i­nent New Zealand grower.

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The 3ha house will al­low the grower to uti­lize the “Re­tractable Roof Pro­duc­tion Sys­tem”™ (RRPS) to ad­vance flow­er­ing to tar­get ear­lier pro­duc­tion and in­crease yields dur­ing the higher mar­ket price win­dow. In ad­di­tion, the house will guar­an­tee a boun­ti­ful har­vest by au­to­mat­i­cally pro­tect­ing the crop against wind, hail, rain and ex­treme tem­per­a­tures.

Cravo is the cre­ator of re­tractable roof green­houses and cool­ing houses, as well as au­to­mated re­tractable field and or­chard cov­ers. It has more than 35 years of ex­pe­ri­ence span­ning six con­ti­nents with mil­lions of square me­ters in op­er­a­tion. Cravo houses have proven to be re­silient. They have with­stood 10 hur­ri­canes and two cy­clones over the years with­out a sin­gle roof cov­er­ing blow­ing off or struc­ture be­ing lost.

To en­sure that users of Cravo tech­nol­ogy max­i­mize their fi­nan­cial re­turns, the world­wide busi­ness de­vel­op­ment team are hor­ti­cul­tur­ists who have been trained to an­a­lyse the com­pany’s goals, mar­ket pric­ing, cli­mate con­di­tions, cur­rent prac­tices and pro­duc­tion chal­lenges, so that an in­no­va­tive pro­duc­tion sys­tem can be cre­ated. This sys­tem in­creases yields, im­proves qual­ity and ex­tends or shifts pro­duc­tion to hit the high price win­dows while min­i­miz­ing the cost of pro­duc­tion. New users of Cravo tech­nol­ogy for veg­eta­bles can be trained at Cravo’s demon­stra­tion and train­ing cen­tre in Mex­ico and con­struc­tion has re­cently started on a demon­stra­tion house for berries.

While the first Cravo house was in­stalled in Aus­tralia over 19 years ago, Aus­tralian com­mer­cial grow­ers rapidly em­braced Cravo Re­tractable

Roof Pro­duc­tion Sys­tems when Bede Miller joined Cravo. The tech­nol­ogy now cov­ers toma­toes, cap­sicum, (both hy­dro­ponic and soil grown), young plants, pot and tree nurs­eries, leafy greens (hy­dro­ponic let­tuce, herbs and field grown baby leaf), and cher­ries. Pend­ing projects are in or­ganic veg­etable pro­duc­tion and blue­ber­ries and straw­ber­ries.

A re­cent ex­am­ple of the ben­e­fit that a Cravo re­tractable roof green­house can of­fer was wit­nessed in the Aus­tralian hor­ti­cul­ture re­gion of Bund­aberg in March this year when Cy­clone Debbie dev­as­tated field crops.

How­ever, lo­cal Bund­aberg pro­ducer Young Sang in­vested in four hectares of Cravo X Frame in 2015 to pro­tect its field tomato crop. Young Sang’s Cravo house en­abled the com­pany to guar­an­tee the sup­ply of un­blem­ished high-qual­ity fruit. In turn it capi­tilised on high mar­ket prices due to short­ages cre­ated by the cy­clone.

Gen­eral man­ager Daniel Scavo says:

"In­vest­ing in our Cravo house has given us peace of mind and re­li­able pro­duc­tion out­comes even through this year’s dis­as­trous field sea­son in Bund­aberg. We are im­pressed with the pro­duc­tion sys­tem and feel very safe know­ing that our crop is pro­tected even through a cy­clone. These re­sults have re­in­forced our de­ci­sion to con­tinue to in­vest in Cravo tech­nol­ogy.”

The rapid in­crease in Cravo in­stal­la­tions, and new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, cre­ated the need for ad­di­tional sup­port re­sult­ing in Andrew Har­ford join­ing Cravo in May. Andrew is orig­i­nally from Christchurch and has a strong back­ground in crop pro­duc­tion. He man­aged let­tuce op­er­a­tions in New Zealand and Aus­tralia and re­cently worked at Pow­er­plants where he was re­spon­si­ble for au­to­ma­tion sys­tems.

“Cravo are the world lead­ers in Re­tractable Roof tech­nol­ogy and have been for over 35 years. We have been man­u­fac­tur­ing and re­fin­ing the Re­tractable Roof Pro­duc­tion Sys­tem (RRPS) where we have de­vel­oped four house mod­els that of­fer grow­ers a re­li­able, ro­bust pro­duc­tion sys­tem tai­lored to spe­cific crop and mar­ket re­quire­ments. We firmly be­lieve that there are solid op­por­tu­ni­ties for New Zealand fruit and veg­etable grow­ers to achieve higher yields, im­proved qual­ity and con­sis­tency while achiev­ing a bet­ter bot­tom line.” Bede Miller, Grower Sup­port, Cravo.

The tech­nol­ogy now cov­ers toma­toes, cap­sicum, (both hy­dro­ponic and soil grown), young plants, pot and tree nurs­eries, leafy greens (hy­dro­ponic let­tuce, herbs and field grown baby leaf), and cher­ries.

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