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FairPick registration system seeks European distributors

BCON Instruments, in the Netherlands, has been importing and distributing 2nd Sight Bioscience in Europe for several years. This American company supplies innovative equipment and software for growers. This is in the field of labor registration and stock management. They have a product for the fruit and vegetable sector. It’s called the FairPick Pro labor and harvest registration system.

This is an easy-to-transport cart that can be taken into the field. The machine has a sturdy scale from Mettler Toledo. Pickers use an FID card to log into the system. This provides a flawless overview of clocking-in and out times. It also registers picked volumes. The FairPick gives laborers clear voice commands in various languages.

“It’s perfect, especially for soft fruit growers. Workers place the harvested product on the scale and scan their RFID card. The FairPick Pro registers the picker, date, time, weight, GPS location, and variety. All within seconds. At the end of the day, the FairPick is taken from the field to the office. Its batteries are charged, and all the data is uploaded. This is done, via a WiFi connection, to a portal in the Cloud,” explains Dick Bruynzeel of BCON Instruments.

“That makes a wealth of management information available to farmers. The time registration system (and in some countries, the harvested volumes) can be directly linked to the wage payment system too. American growers use this system. They earn back their investment in a single picking season. The FairPack, therefore, contributes grealtly to cost reduction. That’s for labor-intensive crops of ten to thousands of hectares. Immediate availability of this data helps farmers make a big efficiency leap.”

“It has unlimited applications. Insight into hours worked, and performance is vital. That’s when it comes to assessing individual worker’s effort and commitment. So, you can reward pickers according to their performance. Salary information is available at the push of a button too. But growers can also generate GPS yield charts to analyze profitability per crop,” Dick concludes.

BCON Instruments wants to introduce FairPick further in Europe. It’s, therefore, not only looking for small fruit growers. It’s also seeking suppliers with entrances in this sector. They can market the FairPick Pro.

For more information:
Dick Bruynzeel
BCON instruments
5 Nieuwlandseweg
4697 RK, Sint-Annaland, NL
Tel: +31 (0) 166 654 008


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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