Delphy is a Dutch research and consultancy firm. Four years ago, they started researching medical cannabis farming. Cannabis cultivation resembles that of chrysanthemums. The company's chrysanthemum consultants were the first to be involved in this research. "We now have twelve different specialists working on various research projects," says a company spokesperson.
Delphy put a team together. They did so after carefully considering this type of cultivation and its accompanying issues. How do you get a group of specialists together? The Delphy consultant explains, "Mildew and Botrytis, for example, are big problems. We looked for a specific advisor."
"Someone who has to deal a lot with mildew in their crop, every day. We included him in the team. So, we created a team in which everyone has their own field of expertise. We have someone for propagation, crop protection, climate, fertilization, financial advice, and so on."
Canada and America
It started four years ago in Canada and America. “We have good contacts at several universities there. We support cultivation companies in both countries. We do so in person and remotely. We also give lectures and training courses to share our knowledge with them."
European countries like Portugal and Greece joined the party a little later. "There are several investors in these countries who indicated that they'd like to get licenses to grow medical cannabis," adds the Delphy spokesperson.
A six-step plan
Delphy uses a six-step plan to dispense good advice. This is how it works. "Step 1: we first look at the cultivation location. The next step is to see what volume the person wants to grow. Along with various technical advisors, we create a functional design for the client. They then choose a sketch they prefer. Then, we provide them with a cost estimate and business plan."
The next step involves logistics. "What do they need? Lights, HVAC, you name it. We work on getting all this. We do so in consultation with the cultivation consultant and technician. The plan, to which the client agrees, is then completed. Then we add the specifics and send the design for three quotes. The client gets the final say choosing the construction company," Delphy's consultant continues.
“After all this is done, investors will often ask us, 'Do you also have a grower?' Which we, fortunately, do. We now have twelve of these farmers worldwide."
To ensure everything runs smoothly, Delphy gives customized advice. They also do their own training. "We work a lot with local people. We screen and train them ourselves. We provide employee training too," says the consultancy firm spokesperson.
"This gives the workers a good basis. When construction is completed, we give the farmers tailor-made advice. We try to do that in person as much as possible. But if there's no other way, we'll consult with them online."
Delphy offers the entire turnkey process. Clients can, however, also choose to use only specific parts from their total offer. "We've already helped between 20 to 25 companies in this way. At the beginning of next year, we hope to visit several more companies. Businesses are ready for it, as are we," concludes the consultant.