New Zealand Gourmet sells premium fruits and vegetables to Japan, Australia, Southeast Asia and local markets in New Zealand. Roelf Schreuder, a director of the firm’s Taupo greenhouse operation used many methods in an attempt to repel sparrows, and diminish the crop losses they caused. He did not achieve success until he installed the Agrilaser Autonomic.
Sparrows exhibited a tendency to nest in the tomato and capsicum crops within the New Zealand Gourmet greenhouse, and demonstrated a particular fondness for Campari tomatoes. Bird activity at the operation, which covers two houses, 5 and 6 ha, respectively, was constant from dusk till dawn. Roelf Schreuder and his colleagues tried numerous methods to get rid of the birds, including poisoning them with baits and catching them with semi-invisible nets. The birds soon became accustomed to the nets and learned to avoid the poison, and continued to cause significant financial loss by spreading bacteria and damaging the fruits and plants.
Roelf learned about Bird Control Group from an industry associate in Auckland who recommended the Agrilaser Autonomic. Roelf was initially skeptical about the possible effectiveness of the technology, but decided to test it on the 5 ha area dedicated to tomatoes. Roelf programmed the Agrilaser for active monitoring from sunrise till sunset, and the results were astonishing: the greenhouse realized a 100% reduction in bird numbers after only a few months of using the Agrilaser, and the damage caused by birds was completely eliminated.