Research, innovation and internationalization are the key words that characterize Idromeccanica Lucchini. The global socio-economic scenario is constantly changing and so are its people' needs. Growers must therefore keep up with new trends and be able to put quality first and support macro-economic change.
The pandemic has accelerated the social and cultural change processes, increasing the need for innovation. The materials that are used to facilitate and improve agriculture must therefore be adapted to all international contexts and different climatic conditions.
The international experience
Idromeccanica Lucchini is present not only in Italy, but also abroad. This has led the company to face ever-changing challenges, constantly testing the company to deal with new problems. It is therefore necessary to rethink continuously the design and production of greenhouses that can overcome these difficulties.
In addition to the case studies carried out in Finland (see Freshplaza of 11/16/2020), Idromeccanica Lucchini has recently worked in California and South Africa, in the tree nursery and grape sector. In this case, the work has evolved from an earlier experiment already carried out in Southern Italy for the cultivation of Pachino tomatoes. It could bring to successful results thanks to the possibility of adapting technologies that have already been applied and tested in different areas.
Some of Idromeccanica Lucchini's experiments are shown below.
The advantages of photoselective filters
Choosing the right plastic foils to cover greenhouses can positively influence the quantity and quality of the crop. This is one of the research and innovation activities carried out by Idromeccanica Lucchini to meet the needs of the growers. By filtering the light of the plastic films that cover the greenhouses, the life span of tomatoes and leafy vegetables can be extended. The use of the most suitable film for tomatoes resulted in a larger water mass and a redder color. The yield is increased by 3-4% and the tomatoes have a longer shelf life, which facilitates logistics and distribution.
An open roof is better
One of Lucchini's latest innovations is the open roof greenhouse which provides the opportunity to open the roof thanks to Open Sky System technology. This innovation is the result of years of experience in Italy and abroad, where the climate fluctuates greatly during the different phases of the year. In addition to ensuring that the greenhouse is only covered and functional when it is needed, this system allows the greenhouse to have a longer life, because it is not in use when it is least needed.
Protection against rain and hail
The latest innovations will not take long to reach the market. Because of the change in climatic conditions, which caused more frequent and heavy rains and hailstorms, a need has emerged. In order to protect the orchards, a new type of cover with a special foil was created. It is a very thick net that protects the plants while ensuring air circulation. Another advantage is that these covers allow a shade percentage of 20%.