Svensson’s new line, Harmony increases tomato crops by 2kg/m²
Svensson’s history goes back 130 years, but it only delved into the agro-textile world four decades ago. Since then, they have not stopped innovating and have become world leaders in this greenhouse segment due to the high quality of their products, their sales volume and surface area of shields for protected crops. The company’s latest development is a new line of shading shields called Harmony that prevent radiation from penetrating greenhouses. Its composition allows 70% of the radiation to be reflected, allowing 30% of diffused light to enter, and all of this results in a substantial improvement in yield. Nelson Pérez, the technical consultant from Svensson for Spain and Portugal, explains that, according to a study carried out by the Ifapa in a tomato greenhouse, the new shading shields allow an increase in production of 2.2 kg/m² to be obtained in the spring-summer season. “The trials were carried out in a multi-tunnel greenhouse with whitewashing and on another with retractable shading. The next step will be to adapt this technology to the sloping roof greenhouse model (the most popular in Almeria), combining it with whitewashing, a project that we have already started.”
The company’s range of products also includes greenhouse shields that increase the farm’s temperature by up to 2 degrees. “When they are unfolded, their filaments prepared using semi-permeable material allows the maximum radiation to penetrate the greenhouse, maintaining high energy savings.” Likewise, Pérez indicates that another possible combination is that of the shading shield and the winter shield, an optimum solution during the period from winter to spring.
Amongst its new developments, Econet 4045 stands out, an anti-insect mesh that is particularly effective to prevent the appearance of white fly. “As it has smaller filaments, it allows greater porosity, meaning 25% more aeration inside the greenhouse and +25% of CO2 exchange and at the same time, it acts as a barrier against insects.”