2nd Sight BioScience and U.S. Embassy visit Dutch tomato grower CombiVliet to look for opportunities to further automate harvesting

Harvested tomatoes
Harvested tomatoes

Marcel Pinckaers (Foreign Agricultural Service) and Alec Boydston (Foreign Commercial Service) accompanied Kevin Oldenburg, CEO of Spokane, Washington based 2nd Sight BioScience, on a fact-finding visit to commercial greenhouse growers in the Westland region of the Netherlands.

The visit included a meeting with Erik Helderman from Harvest House, one of the largest grower cooperatives in the Netherlands, specializing in salad crops (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants). They also took a tour of the nearby CombiVliet tomato farm.

2nd Sight BioScience is looking to export its agricultural automation technologies to the Netherlands and develop new technologies specifically for the Dutch agricultural sector.

On top photo from left to right: Alec Boydston (U.S. Embassy), Erik Helderman (Harvest House), Kevin Oldenburg (2nd Sight BioScience), Robèrt Lasschuyt (CombiVliet), and Marcel Pinckaers (U.S. Embassy).