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365 days of vegetable growth: Cultivation in closed systems with PERLIGRAN®

Today’s consumers want it all: Fresh vegetables all year long, but produced regionally. What was a contradiction for decades, now has become possible, thanks to cultivation in closed systems. Already widely known in flower cultivation, PERLIGRAN® is a decisive help in enabling the continuous production of the most popular vegetables.

Tomatoes, cucumbers or peppers can be grown regionally all year long. To ensure their successful cultivation in closed systems, an ideal substrate is needed. Here PERLIGRAN® offers the optimum quality for the cultivation of vegetables: It is based on perlite, a type of volcanic rock, and therefore a natural mineral product. Thanks to a thorough screening of fine grains, it guarantees best drainage, structural stability and ventilation. Besides fulfilling the requirements of the strict Dutch RHP standard, PERLIGRAN® also is the only perlite product that was added to the FiBL list as a soil additive for organic farming.

PERLIGRAN® can be used in vegetable cultivation in its pure form but also in mixtures with coconut or wood fibre substrates – for example in grow bags, which become increasingly popular in vegetable farming. During processing, a special steaming technique is used that effectively neutralises viruses, fungi and bacteria. So even after a long time the substrate is safe from compaction through degradation. And as it dries more effectively, there is more fibrous root mass available to the plant. Perlite itself is an inert material and therefore inactive in all organic processes. Thus it allows for perfect control of the substrate and also for a reliable specification of fertilisers.

In total the phytosanitarily safe product can be used up to five times after its primary use, helping to preserve valuable resources. And afterwards it can easily be disposed of, as it is 100% compostable. PERLIGRAN® is the substrate of choice, when it comes to 365 day vegetable farming.

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
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