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Expansion for LVG Plants

LVG Plants, the company of the family van Geest, the biggest plantgrower of South-Africa, sees a significant growth in trade in the last years. It has allowed him to invest substantially in sustainable energy, in newly built greenhouses and, next year, an extension of the farm.

Soon, the existing greenhouses covering a surface of 11 hectares, will be extended with the help of the Belgian greenhouse builder VERMAKO. An additional 5 hectares of greenhouses will be constructed over a period of 3 years. This extension is partially destined for the growth of plantmaterial for the farmaceutical industry.

On October 9th last year, the outlook was different. A tornado, very exceptional for the region, struck the farm and its greenhouses and caused a lot of damage. “All devisions where affected, only the part where Vermako greenhouses were built, showed little dammage.” tells Geert van Geest. “At the time, we contacted Vermako right away and repairs were completed swiftly. Since last July productivity has been restored back to 100%.”

LVG grows a big variety of tropical plants, bonsai and orchids. Heating is a necessity in wintertime, this is a sustantial expense. In 2016, this expense was one of the reasons for deciding to make a major investment in solar collectors. The field, with a surface of 1 hectare, the biggest of its type on the southern hemisphere, was installed by Bosman van Zaal and currently enables the heating in all the greenhouses. The grower is leading the way in sustainability and now has the intention to invest in solarpanels, in cooperation with Bosman van Zaal, which will supply the company with electricity.

On the opposite side, it is important that the grower can ventilate the greenhouses optimally during summer. With the poly-ventilation greenhouse of Vermao, which allows the roof to open left and right from the ridge and not from the gutter, thus enabling continous ventilation, this works excellent, according to Geert.

In the greenhouses that still need to be built, Vermako’s salesmanager Peter Wicke explains, the top construction (gutters and ridge profiles) is made of aluminium and the structure underneath (pillars and trusses) are hot dip galvanized, which guarantees a long lifetime. The construction is built in such way that it can cope with heavy wind speeds. “We calculate the greenhouse construction to withstand upto wind speeds of 125 km/h. Others may say if this is true or not, but the event at LVG proves that our greenhouse doesn’t fear a little wind.”

Vermako is one of the biggest marketplayers in the field of greenhouse construction in Africa. Next to the flagship of the company, the biggest greenhouse of cultivation of roses in the world, Sher Ethiopia, they also have customers a. o. in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South-Africa.

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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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