Lima Peru.- Identify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting technology, attended Agrofest, the most important agricultural event in Peru, where the company exposed three premises that seek to revolutionize traditional horticulture and take it to the next level: the horticulture future is sustainable, crops can be predicted and the best lighting recipe can be developed.
“These statements may seem contrary to what a producer really thinks, but we all know that the future is stable, there is a concern about sustainability. And for crops; the main concern of any producer is that they are unpredictable; you can predict it based on weather forecasts and so on, but until you harvest and you produce, you don’t know how it will turn out. At Signify, with LED lighting, we can help at this point by properly creating growth recipes for crops. For example, a year where tomatoes don’t grow or grow small or grammage. If we want to get tomatoes in India, with light and other key players, we can improve the quality of tomatoes.”Tomas Aragona, Commercial Head for Agribusiness of Signify Cono Sur, assured.
Signify has strengthened and transitioned from LED to digital lighting, opening up many opportunities, including horticultural lighting, where they have been involved for 80 years. From the Philips GrowWise center in the Netherlands, a research center to find the optimal LED light recipes for the industry and create customized vertical farm projects. It also has teams of experts who are looking for ways to create agricultural facilities that can run for years and generate substantial profits by using digitized LED lighting for horticulture.
This professional LED lighting currently offers 4 solutions that better influence the growth of production according to special equipment, cultivation guidelines, recipes that capture elements and phases, types and specifications of products. Here are some tips of these verticals:
1.- Fruits and Vegetables: Precisely adjusted light cooking allows improving the quality, integrity and yield of fruits and vegetables even in the winter months. For both vegetables and fruits growing indoors, LED grow lights complement natural light, providing the spectrum and intensity they need without adding extra heat.
2.- Floriculture: Whether you’re looking to increase pot plant propagation success rates, flower size and cut flower crop yields, or the number of crops planted per year, Signify LED grow lights give ornamentals what they need to thrive. Appropriate light cooking allows you to fully control the vegetative and reproductive growth of plants.
3.- Vertical crops: Innovative agricultural technologies are processes that allow plants to grow in indoor environments without sunlight. This process is suitable for propagation of young plants and integrated production of healthy crops without pesticides. Yields can be increased by using next-generation vertical grow lights, which allow for more yields in less space by illuminating multiple layers of growth.
4.- Medicinal Cannabis: The company only works with this type of solution in countries where it has been legislated. Countries in Latin America are Colombia, Uruguay and Argentina. By using a cannabis-specific lighting formula, plant characteristics can be targeted. Growing cannabis using LEDs will result in higher yields per square meter compared to other light sources.
“The main advantages of these five solutions are predictability in the crops, achieving high quality of vegetables and high yields. In this sense, our approach is triangular, we put the producer at the center, who knows, who experiments and who has knowledge of his facilities and his crops. Then, we circle it with our team of plant experts, find out which variables it controls and which does not, and decide what kind of lighting or what system may be needed. Confirmed Aragona,
In addition to saving space, Signify’s LED lighting solutions help reduce water usage by 90% and are pesticide-free, enhancing flavors and nutrients. Also, to automate this entire process, there is the Philips GroWise Control System, a tool that allows producers to create their own lighting recipes; How many micromoles per square meter per second, which colors and how many micromoles to light the crop when to suit your specific needs. With this recipe, you can mix different colors (dark red, blue, green, and red) to target specific characteristics of the plant, such as compact shape, color intensity, branching, and flowering. This way, you will get higher yield and quality of crops and more predictable results.
For more information on lighting developments for the agricultural sector, visit the following link: https://www.signify.com/global/our-company/blog/sustainability/horticultural-lighting-sustainable-food