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Canada: Good production anticipated from new greenhouse

One of the Manitoba's oldest and largest horticultural operators has invested a lot in a new computer-controlled greenhouse that creates the perfect growing environment for tomatoes.

Although fully automated, climate-controlled greenhouses are becoming increasingly common in industry hot spots such as Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia, the newly rebranded Schriemer's Market Centre is believed to be the first Manitoba operation to go that route, according to Harry Schriemer, who owns the business along with his cousin, Scott Schriemer.

Dave Harrison said the benefits of going high-tech include reduced operating costs, higher yields and better-quality produce.

"It (the plant) gets the exact amount of fertilizer it needs, the exact amount of water and the exact amount of sunlight," Harrison said.

"The only thing it (the computer-controlled operating system) doesn't do is prune the plants and pick the fruit," Schriemer said.

The new 70,000-square-foot greenhouse/garden centre, only open for a couple of weeks, replaces the garden centre the company operated for more than 20 years at 1505 Molson St.

They expect to produce about 75,000 kilograms of tomatoes a year. They'll sell the tomatoes, along with a variety of other fresh vegetables Scott grows on a farm he co-owns near Otterburn, in the retail store they built at one end of the building.

They also hope to sell their tomatoes to local grocery stores.

He said this is a good time to expand into the fruit- and vegetable-growing business because more Manitobans are interested in purchasing locally grown fruit and vegetables.

Source: www.winnipegfreepress.com

Publication date: 4/27/2012


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