We use modern and reliable tractors for a full mechanical maintenance of the land. We work with hydraulic offset cultivators, shredders for cutting grass, branches and harrows for tilling in between for an optimum soil leveling ...
Specialised last generation tractors
The tractor is used with a high frequency in most of the activities in the two stages of the technological flow (Stage 1 - Production of seabuckthorn and Stage 2 - Conditioning and preparation for sale), such as: maintenance works, pest control, eco fertilization, maintenance cuttings, inter-planting, harvesting and transport of sea berry branches from plantation to freezing and storage containers, transport of the remaining vegetals, etc. It is also used for towing or wearing the other agricultural machinery and hauling the trailer for the purpose of transporting the branches with the cattle from the plantation to the place where the cold tunnels are located.
Rapid chilling containers
Within the container, the freezing operations of the sea berry are carried out at temperatures of about -40°C, followed by refrigeration at -20°C for storage under optimal temperature conditions until its commercialization. The refrigeration freezers owned by our company is state of art technology, providing temperatures up to -40 ° C, being useful in storing the frozen sea berry, which requires a very low temperature. Considering that the sea berries can not be broken out of the branches in the fresh condition, the best method and unanimously accepted is the freezing harvest method, which involves the detachment of fruit branches of the tree, freezing, shaking and store them at a temperature of -20°C.
Drip irigation system
The drip irrigation system is the only effective method of uniform irrigation on uneven and sloping land. The multiple advantages of drip irrigation lead to significant additional benefits through costs savings, operational safety and quality of production, making the drip irrigation method the most used orchard irrigation method. The system allows watering the sea buckthorn plants, providing them with the necesary volume of water. The recommended watering standards are 300-400 m3/ha (5-7 applications) on 2-3 hours of dripping at one shot, with 12-15 irigations per season. The irrigation system also allows the application of organic fertilizers for plant fertilization.
Freezer vans are designed to carry perishable goods at specific temperatures. These differ from ventilated vans, which are usually used for transporting fresh fruit and vegetables and not equipped with freezer. The freezer truck is required to allow us shipping teh sea bery fruits to our consumer in the best conditions. The better the insulation of the cabin, the more the temperature will last longer in order not to force the cooling system. The freezer van is used to transport our products and is paert of our integrated food chain.
Video surveillance system
The video surveillance system is an effective tool of protection of our sea buckthorn plantation against intrusion into the plantation, but it is equally effective in limiting damages in case of natural calamities (fires, heavy rains, massive snow) allowing for timely intervention and limitation of possible damage. The surveillance system communicates via satellite with a central device located at the company's headquarters where it is permanently monitored.
The front loader is a tractor accesory and is a simple and inexpensive equipment designed to perform loading and unloading of both spilled materials (manure, etc.) and compact (packed, packaged, palletised, container). Thus, the front loader is used for the following activities:
- In the maintenance and fertilization works where it allows the execution of loading and unloading works of the necessary materials for the fertilization of the seabuckthorn plantation
- When transporting the compact materials by performing the works of load-discharge of compact materials: packed, packaged, palletised, containerized.
The backhoe is used in the following operations:
- Regular drainage
- Expansion of the rainwater drainage ditches from the plantation
- Detachment of the trenches that take over the rainwater.
The boxpalets trailer is used for transporting the branches of the seabuckthorn trees from the plantation to the freezing and storage containers, as part of the harvesting activities.
The trailed atomizer is designed to splash into an ecological system to combat diseases and pests within the seabuckthorn plantation. Thus, the machine is used for the maintenance activities related to Stage 1 - Seabuckthorn Production.
Fighting diseases and pests: the atomizer provides control of diseases (Verticilium spp. And Fusarium sp., Brown rot and rust) and seabuckthorn specific pests (green aphids, caterpillars, leaf moths, etc.). Thus, for the destruction of the hibernating forms of the pests, specific treatments will be applied during vegetative rest for diminishing the biological reserve of specific pathogens and cupric products at the start of vegetation.
Velox with flail mower
The Velox machine with flail mower is used to carry out the sowing works in the plantation, being used for the following maintenance activities as part of stage 1 of the technological flow:
- Maintaining the soil in black by repeated sows between the plants of the 1st and 2nd year age
- Cutting vegetal mass between plants after teh 3rd year age
These activities are very important for plant growth and better water absorption at the root.
Front mower with reels
The mower is intended for mowing herbs and weeds on the intervals between plant rows, especially when the grass has a very high height resulting from the impossibility of timely intervention in the rainy season. Its low height allows us to penetrate very close to the row of trees, even if the fruits are close to the ground. This equipment has a simple and robust construction, with a high resistance to work demands, being used for maintenance work of our plantation.
The branch chooper has the role of cutting the branches resulting from the crown maintenance and the harvesting of the sea berry fruits and turning them into sawdust / compost which will later be used for the soil fertilization in the plantation. It is used in the following activities:
- The maintenance cuts for chopping the branches resulting from the crown maintenance in the first 2nd and 3rd years age
- During the ECO fertilization: the residues obtained after the weeding of the vegetal mass provide the compost for fertilization. - In the fruit-cutting stage where, starting with year 4th, the chopper is used to chop the branches resulting from the consolidation of the tree skeleton.
The rear elevator is attached to the tractor and is very useful in the planting for the handling of wooden boxpallets in which the sea beeries are harvested and which must then be lifted with the elevator in the trailer to be transported to the rapid chilling containers. It also carries out some transport and storage operations in areas where classical forklift trucks can not access. The lifting system is hydraulically operated and is connected to the hydraulic system of the tractor. Thus, the elevators are used for the transport activities of Stage 1 - Seabuckthorn Production, but also from Stage 2 - Conditioning and Processing.
The electric scissors are intended for cutting in vineyards and fruit plants. It completely eliminates the operator's effort, which can work with the same performance for long periods of time, unlike classic scissors, where yield drops drastically as the number of hours worked increases. Thus, they are used in the following activities:
- Maintenance cuts: scissors are used to cut the branches resulting from crown maintenance in the first 2-3 years.
- Fruit cuttings: starting with year 3, scissors are used to detach branches by the stems, thus realizing the harvesting process.
Scissors are indispensable to the harvesting process.
Electric and hand pallet trucks
The transpalets are used to manipulate boxpallets in containers for conditioning and storage of the sea berry, being used in Stage 2 - Conditioning and Processing within the technological flow.
The generator is used to supply the electric power necessary for the good functioning of all production areas: rapid chilling containers, technological area, packaging and labeling area and sanitary rooms, being used for the proper performance of the related activities of Stage 2 - Conditioning and Processing from the technological flow.
The duty shredder has the role of maintaining the interrow spaces by repeatedly cutting the vegetal mass in the plantation. This machine has the ability to chop even the seabuckthorn branches resulting from the spring cuts or from other harvesting activities when the fruit-free peaks can be cut. This machine eliminates manual handling of these branches and consequently contributes to lower plant maintenance costs.
The wood boxpallets are used to store teh sea berries fruits in the rapid chilling containers. The wood boxpallets are designed to reduce the elastic deformation of containers when stacked or dismantled, as this causes the movement of the fruit from the inside and, implicitly, results in damage to the fruits. Thus, the boxpallets are used for storing activities in teh rapid chilling space as part of Stage 2 - Conditioning and Proccesing.