The way many vegetable seed crops are produced in Chile today is very similar to the way it was performed more than 50 years ago when foreign companies started producing their seeds in Chile. And because the production methods have changed so little, seed production companies continue to deal with the same fundamental problems of stand establishment, weed control, lack of specialized machinery and specialized growers. Things have been further complicated by increased input costs and by a labor pool that is not only diminishing but is getting more expensive every year.
At Goldstar we recognized several years ago that the only way to stay competitive and profitable in the future was to mechanize our production practices.
We have invested heavily in specialized machinery that enables us to mechanize the vine seed crops from the moment the seed beds are prepared all the way through harvest. Because of our efforts we can proudly claim to have been the first company to fully mechanize vine seed production in Chile. Click here for a video of our vine seed harvester.
This process of mechanization in all the crops we produce has multiple advantages for our growers and that translates into benefits for our clients. With increased mechanization our crops are more uniform, our weed control is greatly improved, we are able to manage larger tracks of ground more efficiently, our labor costs and needs are reduced and ultimately our productivity is increased.
Going forward we will continue to invest in technology in our vine seed program on the washing and drying of the seeds. The mechanization at this level will further reduce our dependency on hand labor and allow us to better manage our costs while increasing our capacity. So important is this need for more mechanization that we are now enjoying the support from the Chilean government in our efforts.
Our next goal, already underway, will be further mechanizing our open field productions of Brassica and Carrots. Our project involves the investment in specialized equipment that will facilitate better bed preparation, mechanical transplanting, placement of mulch and drip tape and precision cultivating.