Sakata tackles high fuel bills with fast genetics

Energy saving plants launched to reduce growers' expenses.

A plant breeder has launched a range of energy-saving plants to cut growers’ costs. Sakata is reacting to the energy crisis effecting growers throughout the country by highlighting its most cost-effective stock. It has picked out new Primula Rosanna for its capacity to grow in low temperatures, negating the need for heating costs, as well as re-labelling some of its lines. Other stock has been developed to sow later than other market-leaders, such as Begonia Fortune, or grow in hotter temperatures, so no cooling is needed. Sakata UK territory manager Ian Riggs said the company had reacted to 70 per cent increases in gas prices since January last year. He explained that they used fast genetics to enable quicker growth in many cases. Riggs said: “If you compare the Begonia Fortune to other tuberhybrida and other breeds, Fortune is two weeks quicker from sowing to being saleable. “That means you can sow two weeks later and still have a product which sells at the same time. That’s two weeks’ worth of heating bills.”

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