The Neipu lab is the first of Dümmen Orange’s network of tropical labs to be Greencare certified.
Recently, the Tropical Lab in Neipu, Taiwan, has been granted Greencare certification.
Lab manager Li-sheng Lee receives the Greencare mascot (a green ant handmade by Dümmen Orange’s colleagues in Tanzania) from Manuela van Leeuwen.
Greencare is Dümmen Orange’s phytosanitary policy ensuring the delivery of healthy and clean starting materials to growers worldwide. It guides efforts to prevent, control, and minimize phytosanitary risks from breeding to production. Greencare describes mandatory preventive human and site hygiene measures to maintain the health of plants. Greencare sets guidelines on how to control a clean stock of plants by diagnostic tests, scouting for pests and diseases, audits, and inspections. If a symptom is detected, Greencare prevents the shipping of infected material and provides guidance on how to clean up the affected stock. Greencare draws together a worldwide team to improve products and processes with the goal of leveraging combined experience to develop more efficient and effective ways of working.
The operations room at Neipu lab is working at full capacity.
Greencare is a program inspired by the principle “Start Clean, Stay Clean.” Dümmen Orange has invested heavily in a facility to house the Elite library in Rheinberg, Germany, where Dümmen’s cuttings begin their journey. Greencare extends from Elite production to off-shore production facilities where the mother plant production takes place.
“In the past two years, extensive structural and organizational changes have been made in the Neipu lab to abide to ensure compliance with Greencare regulations.” Says Ton Witmer, Operations Manager of Dümmen Orange Tropicals Lab. “Air-showers, lab uniforms, separate personnel, and material flow, filter fan units (FFU), entrance air-curtains, quarantine zone, strict hygiene regulations, etc. have been implemented. At the same time, the production capacity of the lab has been scaled up. Thanks to the arrival of 30 additional workers, the lab is now operating at full capacity.”
Training new colleagues
Phalaenopsis is a hero product bred and propagated by Dümmen Orange’s Tropical Lab in Taiwan. The Tropical Lab provides various species of plants to multiple markets in the Asia-Pacific region, primarily Australia, Greater China, and Vietnam.
“Dümmen Orange’s Phalaenopsis breeding program combines high selection standards with a wide range of innovations for our Asia-Pacific customers,” says Chao Yi Lin, Tropical Product Manager at Dümmen Orange. “Another significant advantage of Dümmen Orange’s Phalaenopsis is that our breeding and production are based in Taiwan, which is geographically closer to our target consumers when compared with European suppliers. An assortment of our products specifically caters to the Asia-Pacific.”
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