Open/close cover technology designer Wayki has signed its first European distribution agreement, granting Italian covering
solutions supplier Valente rights to sell the Wayki system globally (with the exception of Latin America), and exclusively in Italy.
Wayki gives growers the ability to open and close covers on their crops in minutes in response to weather events, reducing damage to fruit, increasing quality and lowering the overall cost of production.
“We are extremely proud to become partners to Wayki," said Alessandro Valente, CEO of Valente. "It’s the only rapid automatic anti-rain film system for cherries, kiwis and berry orchard protection, which allows you to open and close the covers like an umbrella for optimal management of orchards.
"This innovative solution brings great benefits to the producers who install it," he continued. "Together with Valente’s new Multi Shield structure, Wayki allows us to offer growers a complete, effective, flexible and safe solution to protect their crops.”
Cristián López of Wayki Europe said: "We are very excited about our new partnership with Valente – it’s an important first step in then Wayki story. Now, more fruit growers in Italy, Europe and the rest of the world have the ability to manage their covers in an easy and efficient way. This will ultimately improve the quality of their fruit and reduce labour time and cost."
Currently used for cherry crops, Wayki allows a single worker to close or open covers at a rate of less than one minute for a 100-metre row or 20 minutes for a hectare; most existing automatic or semi-automatic systems are expensive and require more labour and much longer to operate.