Plantsystems becomes division of Agrovista

Agrovista grows agronomy and technology base.

Agrovista UK Ltd, the leading agronomy specialist, crop protection and agricultural and horticultural product distributor has announced further expansion in specialist growing technology services and knowledge.

Agrovista has just completed the purchase of Plantsystems Limited, the Eastern based agricultural and horticultural consulting and technology business owned and managed by David Martin.

Plantsystems provides consulting, agronomy and technology services to fruit, vegetable and specialist crop growers. The company is the UK’s leading weather data specialist and manages an extensive network of high-quality weather and soil moisture stations linked to a central server which provides live information and solutions for growers. The data is utilised for pest and disease modelling, irrigation management and control, crop assurance, crop protection risk mapping and environmental monitoring. Plantsystems manages and services a network of around 400 monitoring stations, either owned by the company or as part of a grower partnership.

specialist in weather and crop monitoring. The weather stations already in place from Agrovista are managed and supported by Plantsystems and the data is used in the unique Agrovista Growers Choice Interactive top fruit pest and disease modelling service for growers.

All staff will transfer to Agrovista, and David Martin will continue to develop this part of the Agrovista business. term vision comments Mr Martin.

This venture with Plantsystems allows us to move to a new level of technology delivery to specialist growers, and with the experience and knowledge of the staff, enhance our development of new solutions for professional producers and the associated food chain. Environmental ”

James Robertson, Agrovista group chairman and managing director comments "We have taken a strategic view of the specialist crop sectors, and this acquisition further strengthens Agrovista within the UK horticultural market. The needs of specialist growers are evolving, and we must invest and keep pace with the requirements of the market. This addition enhances the synergy across the salad, vegetable and fruit sectors which will continue to develop as we expand these services across the wider agricultural market as technologies spread to other crops.

 

11 September 2012

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