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Ceickor University

Cooperation | Integrating Autonomous Growing in Mexican education

General information

Country Mexico
Crop Tomatoes
Climate computer Priva

The greenhouse industry in Mexico is growing fast. At the same time, daily greenhouse operations need continuous improvement as greenhouse owners struggle with a shortage of skilled growers and labor. To respond to this challenge, Ceickor, the greenhouse University of Mexico, and Blue Radix decided to join forces.

“At Ceickor, our goal is to prepare students for a job in the Mexican horticulture industry in the best way possible. We also encourage growers and students to keep up to date with the latest developments during their professional life. For that reason, we want to be at the forefront of new developments which will significantly impact the growth and future of the Mexican greenhouse industry. I am convinced that Autonomous Growing can contribute to this growth.”

Felix Tarrats
Director of Ceickor University Center

Experience and added value

The partnership has 4 clear goals:

  1. Share knowledge about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Autonomous Growing in greenhouse operations.
  2. Prepare students to run greenhouse operations with AI-driven solutions.
  3. Optimize the functionalities of AI-driven solutions to meet the specific needs of Mexican growers.
  4. Stimulate the use of AI in today’s greenhouses in Mexico by demonstrating the value of these solutions at Mid- and High-tech production facilities at Ceickor and around the country.

Resolve the shortage of skilled growers

Blue Radix provides solutions for autonomous growing to resolve the shortage of experienced and skilled growers in Mexico and in 14 other countries. With 30 colleagues from many different countries and backgrounds, the company has 1 purpose: to empower growers to manage a multitude of hectares, whilst improving their yield and product quality.

An open mind to overcome challenges
Felix concludes: “We know that the industry is facing some fundamental challenges. Technology is there to empower and help us get the most from greenhouse production. Reducing the use of scarce resources like water, fertilizers and energy is part of this approach. Being realistic, practical and open-minded assures us that, as players in horticulture, we can overcome the challenges and continue improving production and value. Together with Blue Radix, Ceickor can further contribute to that mutual goal.”