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Germany: Start of pepper season in Schleswig-Holstein

In the German state of Schleswig-Holstein the pepper season has started. Recently, in Germany's largest greenhouse in Hemmingstedt the beginning of the harvest was officially inaugurated. "After the difficult EHEC-year of 2011 we are once again optimistic about the future and we look forward to the start of the season," said project manager Frank Schoof.

In the twelve-acre greenhouse, 1,400 tonnes of peppers will be harvested
in the next eight months for the Northern German market. In addition a further 3,000 tonnes of "Made in Schleswig-Holstein" tomatoes will be harvested. In order to ensure that the plants in wet Northern Germany have a comfortable temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, the greenhouse must often be heated. On average the greenhouse uses 1200 MWh of heat per week - an amount which corresponds to the total annual consumption of 600 households.

Publication date: 4/12/2012


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