Breeding

Vegetable breeders are at the start of the food chain. They develop new varieties of existing vegetables. It goes without saying that research and development (R&D) has an important role in these businesses. After all, the innovations that lead to a continuous improvement of existing varieties are generated by R&D.

R&D departments consist of various teams that all play a part in the breeding process, with input from the different specialist fields. Those teams are usually spread across multiple countries and continents.

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Recording and Planning

New vegetable varieties are developed in response to the wishes and demands of growers, traders, food producers and consumers. Those wishes may be related to color, taste, resistance to diseases, or yields. In trial fields, male and female parent lines are planted out and monitored closely. Several times: it’s a lengthy process. Developing a new variety can easily take fifteen years.

Multiple branches, multiple locations and many different specialists are involved at specific moments in the breeding process, all working with numerous small batches of plants that can behave unpredictably.

That means that there are major planning issues at various levels.

This includes:

  • A rolling long-term plan for planning the requisite financial resources and capacity.
  • An annual plan for reserving the capacity within the various teams and locations.
  • A plan for all the operational activities that have to be done daily, keeping in mind their interdependencies. Disruptive weather influences and seasonal effects must also be taken into account.

Agriware is ideally suited for supporting these planning processes.