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GreenTech adds big names to the Summit programme

GreenTech Amsterdam will open its doors for the third time from 12 to 14 June this year. The event will be 20% larger than its predecessor in 2016 and 97% of all available stand space has already been booked by exhibitors. These impressive figures demonstrate that GreenTech Amsterdam is now firmly on the map as the platform for the international horticulture sector.

Visitors to this year’s GreenTech Amsterdam will have the opportunity to meet at least 450 exhibitors, many of whom are global market leaders and innovators in the field of horticulture technology. A wide range of greenhouse builders, horticultural suppliers, machine companies, soil and substrate producers, lighting partners and seed suppliers will be in attendance. There will also be an extensive, parallel knowledge programme.

Extensive knowledge programme, innovations and new pavilions
GreenTech 2018 will feature a wide-ranging knowledge programme with more than 80 sessions in three theatres (Food & Flower Crops; Climate, Water & Energy; and Trends & Innovation). Alongside the familiar Vertical Farming Pavilion there will also be the new Precision Horticulture Pavilion (focused on sensors, cameras, robotics and digitisation) and the Medicinal Crops Pavilion (focusing on technologies for medical cannabis production, among other things).

Another new segment this year will be The Organic Farmers Fair (TOFF), which will shed light on expertise and innovation in the field of organic farming over the course of three days. Together with IFOAM, FiBL and their five partners Bejo, DCM, Steketee, Koppert Biological Systems and Delphy, and with Wageningen University and Research as a supporting partner, GreenTech will arrange a high-level knowledge programme that will discuss today’s key issues in detail. TOFF will be the international meeting place of choice for organic growers as well as conventional farmers who are considering switching to organic.

Conference on the future of horticulture
The GreenTech Summit will take place a day before the exhibition, on 11 June 2018. It will bring together some 750 investors, breeders and farmers in a unique networking setting whilst also treating them to a first-rate programme of content. Under the motto ‘The future of horticulture – insights for the next decade’, visionaries and experts will share their views on what the world of horticulture will look like in 10 years’ time.

Hot off the press, GreenTech has the following speakers:

Opening keynote: Dick Veerman – The competitive edge of our horticultural system.
Dick Veerman is on a mission to let people know how food production, processing and sales influence our interests. His website has created a place for the ‘strategic conversation’ in society about the future of food and nutrition. Veerman has a practical and philosophical approach towards horticulture. He prefers innovation over sustainability because in his view, the world can only advance. In his opening keynote, Dick Veerman will expose the forces that drive us on our way forward.

Louis de Bruin (IBM): FoodTrust: How Blockchain technology transforms our Value Chain. With their collaborative network of growers, processors, wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers, retailers and others, IBM aims to enhance transparency, visibility and accountability. How will permissioned, permanent and shared data on food origin, processing, shipping and more change the balance of power in the horticultural value chain?

The Summit programme that is currently still being finalised will also feature: Stijn Baan (Koppert Cress), Martin Koppert (Koppert Biological Systems), Mike Vermeij (BOM Group) and Christian Kromme, futurist and author of Humanification. Kromme will talk about the source code of innovation and the ways in which individuals can unlock it in themselves or apply it to the horticulture industry, the community and their lives in general. The Summit’s moderator will be stand-up comedian Greg Shapiro. Additional speakers will be announced in the near future.

Registration and information for the GreenTech Summit
Those interested in the Summit can get more information and register at The registration fee is €495 excluding VAT.

Free registration for GreenTech Amsterdam until 5 June
Those interested in visiting GreenTech can register free of charge at until 5 June. After that date the entrance fee will be €40 including VAT for tickets booked online and €70 including VAT at the ticket office.

GreenTech Amsterdam is the global meeting place for professionals in horticulture technology. The event focuses on the early stages of the horticultural chain and issues of current interest to growers. GreenTech Summit (11 June 2018) and GreenTech Amsterdam (12 – 14 June 2018) will be organised by RAI Amsterdam at RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in the Netherlands.

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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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