What is Hargreaves Plants trying to achieve?
To take soft fruit, asparagus and ornamental crops from varietal selection to producing plants of the highest global standard in an economic and environmentally friendly manner.
In most growing areas of the world, the cost of production is rising rapidly. As a result it is vital to maximise quality in all stages of production. Hargreaves Plants provides a vital link in this chain. The quality of the initial planting stock is paramount to the successful production of any crop.
In every crop over the years, plant breeders have continually improved varieties. This is equally true of all the crops in which Hargreaves Plants operates. A key objective is to identify improved varieties and introduce them to the market.
Hargreaves Plants not only has close links with many breeding centres of true excellence, it has established unique trialling facilities to identify varieties with more to offer both the consumer and the grower. As a propagator, Hargreaves Plants can bring the highest quality plants of the newest varieties to the market rapidly.
As consumers, retailers and growers increasingly set higher standards, improved technology is needed. As a matter of policy, Hargreaves Plants endeavours to be in the vanguard of new information. In addition to putting new varieties through their paces, the company attempts to go further in many ways. The company has its own research and development department looking for improved varieties as well as a tissue culture facility on site. It also liaises with the foremost breeders in the world in the search of both new material and technical input.
In short, Hargreaves Plants aims to offer the best possible plant material of the leading varieties to maximise the benefits for its customers.