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“Everything a large TOV variety needs to succeed in the market”

Santiana RZ is Rijk Zwaan’s first large TOV that brings the benefits of a jointless truss structure. “With great performance on production, shelf life, and fruit color, this newcomer is ready to disrupt the Large TOV segment and give growers a choice,” says Alfredo Noriega, Sales Representative at Rijk Zwaan Mexico.

More than just high yield potential
Santiana RZ stands out in the crowd thanks to its excellent shelf life as well as its high production potential but its consistently high fruit weight might be its biggest advantage. “It is rare that a tomato variety with such a high fruit weight has a yield potential like Santiana RZ. Due to the positioning of the trusses and the large fruit size, more kilograms can be harvested per hour” says Alfredo Noriega. “In addition to the yield performance, the trusses ripen consistently so the plants maintain a better balance throughout the season. The increased uniformity makes it easier for the grower to steer Santiana RZ.”

Positive experiences with Santiana RZ
The new tomato season is about to start in Mexico and growers’ initial experiences with Santiana RZ have all been very positive. “The variety has good strength, it can easily be harvested for 39 weeks and it is also very nice and firm,” comments Mexican grower Felipe Palomares from Hortícola Cimarron. Alfredo Noriega adds: “Not all tomato varieties are suitable for pruning the first trusses at six fruits per truss, which is something growers like to do here in Mexico, but Santiana RZ is thanks to its strength. Additionally, if the plant is well-balanced, it is possible to prune to six again in the middle of the cycle, resulting in an additional tomato per truss and a higher yield. Santiana RZ has everything a variety needs in order to succeed in the market.”

Global appeal
“After the positive response to Santiana RZ from growers in the Netherlands, Poland, and North America, we are really pleased to see that this variety is performing well in Mexico too. The stand-out features of large and heavy fruits, a high yield and good shelf life coupled with a grower-friendly regime mean that Santiana has the global appeal we expected,” states Paul Simmonds, International Crop Coordinator for High Tech Tomato. “At Rijk Zwaan, we understand that changing variety is a big decision so we are more than happy to support growers during the cultivation process. We strive to learn and realize the best results together – as partners.”

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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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