NaanDanJain design Medical Cannabis projects with an eye to the future
|"In the cannabis growing process, control and maintenance of desired climatic conditions are very significant"|
|An Interview with Nimrod Regev, medical cannabis growing project manager at NaanDanJain|
|April 7, 2019|
More than a year ago, requests began to arrive at NaanDanJain's planning department, for medical cannabis growing projects. The projects varied greatly in content and character, whether from greenhouse companies that expected to be integrated into the turn-key project offered by companies, private customers that ran the project on their own and wanted NaanDanJain's partial or full planning guidance (including consultation), or customers who wanted a turn-key project.
Initial steps in the planning process were accompanied by uncertainty: on one hand, questions arose about regulation, such as what is the GAP standard ? Health Ministry requirements?
This variability arises primarily from various operational considerations derived from the crop target, and influences customer demands. For example, if the crop was designated for the oil and crème industry, operational considerations would differ from a case where the crop was designated for the medical cannabis industry.
Since cannabis growing projects are very large and involve high expenses, of which the costs of climatic and irrigation control constitute a small portion of projects expenses, it's important to choose a reliable company that plans control and irrigation systems well, and supplies quality, reliable products so that the plant receives the very best conditions and its yield will be high.
"Many customers who don't come from the world of agriculture, don't understand just how important this is. Ultimately, NaanDanJain is responsible for building the system that feeds the plant, which is the most important component of the project, and must be considered very carefully."
The planners analyze the area as it exists, prepare a complete drainage plan, and propose a solution for collecting run-off with pumps and treating it. If the customer wishes, drainage can be returned to the irrigation system through a dilution junction, or can be discarded from the system after treatment. NDJ also supplies "Dutch" collection tanks for an operational reservoir, in case of a water outage.
Comprehensive control – whether regarding greenhouse climate control or irrigation and fertilization control, NaanDanJain's acquisition of Gavish Systems Company about five years ago has added an important level to the company's ability to provide cannabis growing projects with a very reliable, overall control system that includes climate control and precise Nutrigation tables."
Over the past year, the company has sold and set up more than 10 project systems in Israel and abroad. All medical cannabis projects meet the GAP Standard, and NDJ sells irrigation products for all types and stages of growing: drip hosing for large plants or micro-solutions for rooting or hardening. The company's extensive list of products can be adapted to any requirement. NDJ has participated in projects including an R & D nursery, a medical cannabis project, as well as commercial companies.
Non-agricultural companies have also entered the cannabis field, so customers must be careful to choose the right company. "NaanDanJain," notes Nimrod Regev, "is among the few companies capable of supplying the gamut of solutions under one roof – from planning to end solutions, with high reliability, and of course with attention to customer needs, throughout planning, erecting, and also being available to the customer after the project has been set up and running."