The new regulations introduced on 1 April 2016 are likely to increase your labour costs and potentially affect your profitability, so what can you do about it?
Have you critically evaluated every crop, system and site that you grow at and are concentrating your efforts on those most likely to give both the greatest return and the best margin? Your staff should be more efficient if you do all that you can to make their work easier.
Effectively manage input costs as covered in:
- HNS 136a – Management tools for optimising nursery space and production forecasting and HNS 136b - A survey of the approaches taken to calculate the cost of production (ProCost)
Explore the potential to automate processes and investigate new methods of production as reported in:
Grow good quality plants and cut flowers with no pest, disease or weed problems to minimise wastage or downgrading and optimise the order collation / harvesting process to maximise the return on your investment as detailed in several recent projects:
Ensure the growth of plants is optimised and kept under control to maximise yield as highlighted in:
- HNS 178a – Evaluating the potential of plant growth regulators to limit plant growth on tree and hedging species
Evaluate new plant species/varieties to develop new market niches as explored in:
A range of factsheets, guides, posters and DVDs/downloads are also available summarising the work from many of these and other relevant projects. A full list of relevant publications for the hardy nursery stock, protected ornamentals and bulb and outdoor cut flower sectors is available on the Knowledge Hub area of the AHDB Horticulture website. If you would like to order further hard copies of any publications please email email@example.com.