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Giant pepper of 555 gram grown in the Arava desert

When sorting the peppers in the packing house in the Arava, Israel, a huge pepper of 0,555 kg was found. Shoham Ben-Ezuz, manager of the packing house, says: “This humongous pepper came from the greenhouse of an outstanding, experienced farmer, Moti Levi. We sort 40 tons of peppers a day here, coming from seven farms. When sorting, we use a special computerized conveyor in preparation for shipments to Europe, Russia and the US.”


Shoham adds that the company strictly adheres to EU standards. “Our computer alerted that one pepper had an abnormal weight and size, so it couldn’t even pass the sorting system. We immediately checked it and weighed it again. We were amazed by its weight: over half a kilogram! It must be a Guinness record,” says Shoham.

An average pepper weighs around 250 grams. The largest pepper previously weighted was found in 2013 in Ein Yahav, with a weight of half a kilogram. But now this has been beaten by Moti Levi’s pepper that weighs even more.

The peppers from the Arava are considered top-quality because of the optimal climate conditions in which they are grown. The vegetables are grown in greenhouses, net houses, or tunnels. The irrigation water comes from a local pump and has a relatively high salinity level, which contributes to the quality and taste of the vegetables.

The vegetable system in the Arava is mainly during the winter months, when no vegetables are grown in other countries. Helped by lots of research, farmers in the middle and northern parts of the Arava have learned to take advantage of their location in the desert, with its many light hours and high temperatures. This way they are able to grow vegetables in winter. And as one Arava farmer advises: red peppers contain more vitamin C than oranges!

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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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