Disease-free vegetable plants

Dutch-founded Iribov is active in providing laboratory services for propagation of plants through tissue culture. Tissue culture means customers can quickly scale up a new plant product and therefore introduce it to the market faster. In addition, because the production process is completely isolated, the material can also be delivered disease-free. Iribov has experience with over more than 400 diverse crops across their production facilities in the Netherlands, Macedonia and Ghana.

The loan will finance expansion which will double greenhouse capacity and quadruple laboratory facilities at their site near Sogakope, 110km East of Accra. The expansion aims to service growing global demand of tissue culture based produced crops and supply the local West African market with mature plant material.

Contribution to SDG 8 and SDG 13

  • The financing will contribute to the creation of at least 200 new jobs in Ghana, of which approximately 75 percent will be filled by women thereby contributing to SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and SDG 5 (gender equality).
  • This number may increase further if the West African (food production) market grows as anticipated.
  • Further, by producing disease-free vegetable plants for the local market they can help to contribute to local food security in West Africa.
  • Besides this, the new building will be very energy-efficient and well insulated, which will already reduce substantially the amount of electricity needed.
  • In order to further reduce their carbon footprint in Ghana, Iribov will install solar panels to cover at least 85 percent of their electricity need. This contributes to SDG 13.
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Iribov tissue plant production Ghana facilities

A look on the facilitites of Iribov in Ghana. The loan Iribov receives from Invest International will finance expansion which will double greenhouse capacity and quadruple laboratory facilities at their site near Sogakope, 110km East of Accra. The expansion aims to service growing global demand of tissue culture based produced crops and supply the local West African market with mature plant material.

About Iribov

Iribov was founded in 1992 by Evelien Huis in ‘t Veld and Eloy Boon in the city of Bovenkarspel. The first project was to make virus free Iris plantlets from tissue culture. This proofed successful and Iribov opened her first laboratory in Enkhuizen.

In 2007, Iribov moved to Heerhugowaard, adding greenhouses for hardening tissue culture plants and for plant breeding support projects.

In 2011 Iribov acquired SBW, one of the founding companies in tissue culture and the market leader in tissue culture production in the Netherlands.  Iribov has three locations and laboratories in Ghana, Macedonia, and Roelofarendsveen.

In 2021 a large extension of the Macedonian lab was realised.

The demand of hardened plants keeps growing and a second greenhouse facility of 25.000 m2 in Heerhugowaard was acquired in 2022.

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