During a special award ceremony on Wednesday September 1st, a professional jury awarded the PotatoEurope Gold Innovation Award to the Microtubers of E Green Global (EGG), according to a press release.
Based on three criteria, namely innovativeness, potential impact in the potato market and applicability in the potato sector, the jury came to the decision to declare EGG Microtubers as the winner of the Golden Innovation Award.
The South Korean company EGG has developed a technology to produce virus-free and vigorous microtuber seed potatoes through mass production in bio-secured plant factories. EGG Microtubers are harvested every day, throughout the entire year and can be machine planted directly in the open field.
“This is a very special innovation that means a lot in different domains, from health and speed to broad applicability. We see the EGG Microtubers as a leap forward in the towards innovation of varieties and believe that the innovation will soon be widely applicable. We expect that the industry will recognize EGG Microtubers as a fundamental but also applicable breakthrough,” said jury member Dirk Duijzer, figurehead of the Dutch Top Sector Agri & Food, when handing out the prize.
Over thirty participants recognized the PotatoEurope Innovation Award as the perfect opportunity to put their innovations for the potato industry in the spotlight. Out of this large number of applications, the expert jury initially selected a top three of innovations. Eventually, the Silver Innovation Award was awarded to Crop.zone’s Nucrop, while HZPC’s Smart Bigbag received the Bronze Innovation Award.
Source: EGG via Potatoworld Magazine. Full release here