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Digitisation, virus pressure and labor costs top of mind in Mexican industry

Just as the Netherlands produces an enormous quantity of vegetables and flowers for neighbouring countries, Mexico’s horticultural sector serves the major markets of the United States and Canada. No wonder that there is a lot going on in regard to crop optimization for Mexico. With this year’s first edition of the exhibition GreenTech Americas, the show organisers want to help the industry move forward.

International show
From 24 to 26 March, the very first edition of GreenTech Americas will take place in Querétaro, Mexico, in the heart of the vegetable growing region. After organising four shows in Amsterdam, according to Mariska Dreschler, Director of GreenTech, this was a logical step. “GreenTech Amsterdam attracts important visitors from Mexico; mainly the CEOs catch the plane to the Netherlands. An exhibition in Mexico gives also other horticulture professionals from the region, including North America, head growers and assistant growers the possibility to gain valuable knowledge. It will enable them to improve their professional skills and increase the production results in the greenhouse. We had a great demand from our exhibitors, asking us to organize a horticulture platform on this side of the world to help them get in contact with other growers from this area.”

According to Mariska, there is a lot going on in the Mexican industry these days. Over the last years the horticultural industry worldwide has grown rapidly. “Therefore nowadays there are many investors active in the industry who believe in food production but do not have a green thumb. They seek specific information and stakeholders to successfully step into the market. At GreenTech Americas we can connect them with the right technology experts.”

Labor costs
Due to the rising costs of labor, automation is an important topic in the industry. With the demand for better quality, growers want to have more control over their production and therefore over the climate in the greenhouse, giving many opportunities for digitalization in cultivation. Then there is the pressure on preventing viruses, making it more and more important to have complete control over what enters the greenhouse for hygiene purposes. “The fact that vegetables are mainly grown in plastic greenhouses in Mexico does not mean that the horticultural sector is not high-tech”, Mariska says. “The equipment within the protected environment nowadays available is high level and contributes maximally to a year round sustainable production of vegetables/fruit and flowers. And that’s what’s gaining ground at a rapid pace.” In addition, growers from surrounding countries are welcomed, making it a hub for Latin America.

120 participating companies and 1500 visitors expected
The event is getting bigger than the team initially expected. Where there used to be room for 85 companies, the organization now expects to arrive at 120 companies. “We are sold out, and are working with a waiting list at the moment.” The registration for this event has just been opened, the organizers expects more than 1500 visitors.

She explains how this event can be an addition to the Mexican market. “Whereas the Expo AgroAlimentaria, which takes place every year in November, focuses on agriculture overall, GreenTech Americas puts the spotlights on cultivation optimization in a protected area. Knowledge exchange and innovations for successful and sustainable growing by using the right technology”, she explains the unique character of the show. “We have a good overview of horticultural suppliers, market leaders international and from the region, and will welcome both to the show.“

During the fair there will also be a horticultural conference in which a variety of topics will be discussed both in English and Spanish. E.g. on next generation growing, big data in the greenhouse, human capital and business investment related. Breeders participate, and we are going to pay special attention to startups”, Mariska says, pointing to the map of the venue.

For the organization, RAI Amsterdam collaborates with local partner Tarsus. “A dedicated exhibition organizer, having a good position in the Mexican market”, they conclude.

GreenTech Americas will take place from 24 to 26 March at the Querétaro Centro de Congresos in Querétaro, Mexico.

For more information and to register:
Greentech Americas
Registration link for Greentech Americas

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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
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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