HORTI+ 05: New Technical Advisor for the Chinese market

Following some recent developments and the strengthening of Biogrow’s market position in China, the company is delighted to introduce their new Technical Advisor for the Chinese market Mr. Yang Kun.

Tell us a little about your background?
“I studied Horticulture at the Northwest A&F University in Xianyang. Once graduated, I got the opportunity to undertake further agricultural training in the United States and the Netherlands. The time I spent in the US and in the Netherlands was very rich. It was a real learning curve that also proved a great springboard for my career once I returned to China. For the last eight years, I’ve been specializing in the greenhouse production of tomatoes and peppers. Later, I was involved in the translation and publication of a book by the world-renowned Wageningen University. It was such a pleasure to be a part of this translation team”, introduces Yang Kun.

Why did you decide to work in agriculture?
Yang Kun continues: “first of all, my studies took me in the direction of horticulture and agriculture. Secondly, I have always been interested in agricultural innovation and development. And lastly, working with plants gives me a great sense of achievement, from the planting of the seeds to the first appearance of the flowers and finishing with the arrival of the fruit. China is an agricultural country, but there are few young people that are willing to devote themselves to this sector, so it is a great chance for those of us wanting to modernize and improve Chinese agricultural practices.”

You are passionate about hydroponic cultivation, so what is your feeling regarding the future of hydroponic growing for the Chinese market?
“I truly believe that hydroponic cultivation is the future for those high value-added varieties such as tomato, pepper, strawberry, blueberry, roses, and so on. In China, problems with soil quality are becoming more and more of an issue and hydroponic cultivation could help solve this problem. Furthermore, the substrate cost is almost the same as soil cultivation because, with soil cultivation, you need to use a large amount of base fertilizer before transplanting. The other huge advantage of hydroponic cultivation, once all the greenhouse parameters have been put in place, is the fact it allows us to maximize the crop yield. So, all in all, the future of hydroponic growing in China is looking very bright, and I am delighted to be working with a company like Biogrow that is leading the way in the substrates sector”, concludes Yang Kun.

Source : Hortidaily