Reitzel has always been extensively involved in gherkin farming in
It is highly likely that the gherkins that you enjoy straight out of their jar of vinegar were grown in
When it was first farmed in the Himalayan plains 3,000 years ago, the cucumber had no idea it would soon be one of the leading products exported by what has become ‘the world’s largest democracy’. And not just in any form, please note: this is what you might call an enhanced cucumber: the gherkin - young (baby) cucumbers preserved in vinegar. India is currently the world’s second largest producer of gherkins, after China (as usual…). The country produces 200,000 metric tons of baby cucumbers each year, which accounts for 20% of total gherkin exports. This means that it is quite likely that your jar of gherkins originated in
Gherkins come from four farming zones
Zone I: T’vekere – 50/75 km (2-3 h)
Zone II: Tiptur – 80/125 km (3-4 h)
Zone III: H’halli – 250/280 km (6-7 h)
Zone IV: TN – 225/250 km (6-7 h)
To develop and implement effective solutions to improve the yield and quality of gherkins, creating a win-win situation for all partners involved in implementing Good Agricultural Practices and respecting the principles of sustainable agriculture.
This food chain partnership began with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Reitzel
Production: Nunhems, a subsidiary of Bayer CropScience, provided the gherkin variety
Protection: with technical support from Bayer, Reitzel conducted many in-house trials to develop an optimised solution for plant protection treatments. Bayer and Reitzel experts developed a decision tree for the best growing solution according to good agricultural practices and respecting international trade regulations, e.g. MRL regulations.
Programme monitoring: This programme was jointly monitored during the growing season by Reitzel experts and Bayer food chain managers and project officers.
Passport: This tool recorded all field management data, providing adequate traceability and cost management information. It was developed in the respective local language and implemented at every level of the project.
Post-harvest: Reitzel developed best grading practices and implemented these together with Bayer agronomists. Bayer invested in certified analyses of harvested gherkins in order to check for any excessive MRL* with plant protection products. All the farmers involved in the gherkin food chain partnership project are trained and supported throughout the growing season by Reitzel technicians with back-up from Bayer experts, i.e. they receive training in the safe handling of plant protection products and the use of modern application techniques. * Maximum Residue Level
These benefit from training and advice about integrated and efficient solutions to improve yield, quality and ultimately net profit. The result is improved yield and production quality.