Green economy | Savoura explores new technologies

The agri-food sector is challenged by the development of tools and practices favoring the protection of the environment. As part of a large investment project, the Savoura Group, well known for the cultivation and marketing of tomatoes, will test an intelligent lighting system.

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John Gagnon
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An investment of 55 million

The Savoura Group announced last month a $55 million investment project at its facilities in Sainte-Sophie, near Saint-Jérôme. The company will build a greenhouse complex that will span nine hectares. This is the largest project implemented by the company to date. The new infrastructures will be used for the production of tomatoes in traditional cultivation, and among them, of course, the varieties specific to the Savoura brand. In addition, these facilities will incorporate the latest technological advances in the industry to meet the highest environmental standards, including protective screens that aim to minimize light waves from grow lights for plants,” explains Peggie Clermont, President and Chief Business Officer. “Light pollution does exist, and we want to give ourselves the means to control it,” she says.

The Sollum Technologies lighting solution

From an environmental standpoint, the Savoura project will also serve as a test bed for a 100% Quebec technology, namely intelligent LED lighting from Sollum Technologies. This Montreal firm offers a 100% programmable, AI-powered smart lighting solution that replicates, perfects and modulates the full spectrum of natural sunlight. According to Sollum, his system allows greenhouse operators to increase their productivity by up to 40%, provide them with energy savings of more than 40%, while increasing the longevity of food preservation.

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Of the nine hectares put into production in the Savoura project, one hectare will use the Sollum lighting system. The market gardener can then assess its efficiency and profitability compared to the use of traditional lamps. To this will be added a water recovery basin. “We are aiming for precision agriculture through the development of new technologies. For us, farming is an art, and we must strive to always become better by taking into account the many changes that are constantly taking place both locally and globally,” explains Peggie Clermont. “The environment has been at the center of our values ​​for a long time, and this drives us to put forward the best business practices,” she adds.

Food concern

The search for new technologies at Savoura falls within the framework of the concerns of the firm in the face of the evolution of the world food situation. The pandemic, like recent events on the geopolitical scene, has exacerbated the risks of food shortages. Challenged by the situation, Savoura wants to participate in the solution by increasing its production of quality products, explains the president. “And to achieve this, we must constantly be active in the search for technological advances allowing the most efficient production processes both for the protection of the environment and for the achievement of the best performance,” she concludes.

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