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The Partnership no. 13

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Everything under one

Everything under one roof When the Salomons first arrived in Arusha, the glasshouses, working area and offices covered an area of about 2 ha. “We doubled in size in 2007,” the general manager continues to explain. “The company was completely redesigned in 2010, due to the implementation of GSPP. This was coupled with the building of a corridor measuring 5,000 m2, so that all departments can now be accessed from inside.” Monique Salomons ensured that this operation ran smoothly. “The implementation of GSPP had an enormous impact on the company,” she explains. “New facilities were added to ensure that hygiene was improved systematically, stricter segregation with corridors between the various business divisions and separation of entrances and exits with one-way traffic.” “We literally wanted to have everything under one roof,” Wytze Salomons adds. “This means that the production employees only need to change when they arrive and leave, which significantly reduces the risk of transmitting pathogens. They are given clean work clothes every day, which always remain at the facility. Our professional launderette sometimes operates for 12 hours per day.” Now that everything happens under one roof, the GSPP protocol also applies to other crops that are propagated in Arusha. “You cannot achieve any greater certainty about a hygienic method of work,” according to Monique Salomons. “You cannot achieve any greater certainty about a hygienic method of work” Human factor A lot has also happened at a human level. Monique Salomons: “Many of the 240 employees have few qualifications and they know very little about disease transmission and hygiene. Therefore, everyone – including office workers – has received extensive training from lecturers at the local agricultural college, with support from the Netherlands. They now fully understand why they have received work clothing, why you cannot simply pop outside and walk back inside and why other procedures and disinfection measures are essential. Not much effort is required to keep the standard high and we always pass the audits with flying colours.” Employee working in the new glasshouses build in 2017. Most recent expansion The production facility expanded again in 2017. A further 6,000 m² of glasshouses – four divisions – were built, fitted with cooling systems. Wytze Salomons: “It is great that we can now cool the glasshouses for sweet pepper and tomato, because temperatures here are sometimes a bit too high for these crops. Other than that we are in the perfect location here: virtually on the equator and at a slight altitude. This ensures that both the temperature and the day length remain fairly constant. In combination with our modern glasshouses and substrate cultivation, this means that we can plant and harvest all year round. The facility is expensive due to the location, the special layout and the many high-tech provisions, but it is definitely worth the investment for the fruity vegetables that we propagate here.” 24 | The Partnership

Partnership without boundaries Column We are living in a world that becomes more global and digital by the day. We can travel wherever we want to go. If we are not able to travel, we can visit those places digitally, through the internet and Google Maps. 'Living in dark Africa' is an expression that is no longer applicable. Googling Nelson Mandela Road, Arusha brings you to the Enza Zaden Africa production site. Another Enza Zaden company that can be seen as a dynamic high-tech bee hive coming together as a blend of cultures, tribes and religion. Such a blend requires a good partnership between people. It is built on trust, respect and cooperation. It takes time, understanding and a drive to get there. The core to achieve the partnership is to create an environment wherein everybody works towards and stays on the same road forward. Together realising the company’s set goals. This requires great partnership. Especially when third world meets first world. One goal At the end of 2017, a new greenhouse was build at the Arusha site. Seventeen 40ft containers arrived at the site. Filled with materials needed to build this hightech 6,000m² greenhouse. A temporary construction team of 70 Tanzanian men was put together. All working towards this one goal: finishing the greenhouse in time for planting. And they succeeded, by means of great partnership. Producing excellent seeds Now the greenhouse is finished, the current Enza Zaden Africa team takes on the challenge to make the project successful. Working with the latest technology on pad&fan cooling to create optimum production circumstances. To produce excellent seeds for the high value market. Together we can do it To be a partner in the Enza Zaden Africa team is a true privilege. There is great respect for culture, tribe, religion and nationality. Partnership that we experience here, is a great example of a successful partnership between first world technology and third world man power. It proves that no matter your background, culture, tribe, religion, nationality, together we can do it. Monique Salomons is Assistant Station Manager at the Enza Zaden Production Station in Tanzania. Together with her husband Wytze Salomons she is responsible for this high-tech seed production location. Working together with local people has proven to be a great recipe for success. The Partnership | 25

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