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GreenTech Summit outlines horticulture’s future in 2028

GreenTech Amsterdam will open its doors again for the third time from 12 – 14 June. The GreenTech Summit will take place on 11 June 2018, preceding the exhibition at RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. GreenTech Summit offers investors, growers, breeders and suppliers an unique opportunity to network, but primarily also to participate in a high-quality programme. Entitled: ‘The future of horticulture – insights for the next decade’ visionaries and experts will share their visions of the horticulture sector in 10-years’ time. Speakers include Christiaan Kromme (author of ‘Humanification – Go Digital, Stay Human’), new generation leaders in horticulture (Stijn Baan, Martin Koppert and Charlotte Langerak-Visser) and medicinal cannabis specialist Chris Walsh.

The Summit’s programme consists of the following elements:

The morning features kick off sessions with:
– Dick Veerman (Foodlog): The competitive edge of our horticultural system.
– Ernst van den Ende (WUR): The secrets of horticulture in 2028.
– Mike Vermeij (BOM Group): Joint greenhouse projects to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
– Louis de Bruin (IBM): FoodTrust: How Blockchain technology transforms our Value Chain.
– Stijn Baan (Koppert Cress) & Martin Koppert (Koppert Biological Systems): The Next Leadership.

During the afternoon, participants can attend two breakout sessions. There are three subjects to choose from:
– The Next Leadership
Who are the new leaders in horticulture and how do they cooperate? How can technology support us in tackling production optimisation, knowledge exchange, succession and food security challenges? Featuring speakers including Charlotte Langerak-Visser (Viscon Group), Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt (The Fork) and Hajo Beijma (Singularity University).
– The Next Crops
How do medicinal crops such as cannabis influence the horticulture sector? What are the risks and opportunities of growing medicinal crops? Featuring speakers including Chris Walsh (Marijuana Business Daily), Mads Pederson (Alfred Pederson & Son/Aurora Nordic Cannabis) and Peter Verhagen (TNO).
– The Next Growing Solutions
Light, water, energy and nutrients are the basic ingredients for production. How are these elements influenced by innovations in greenhouse construction, materials and data analysis? Featuring speakers including Steven Newell (Windset Farms), Vincent Kickert (Van der Hoeven), Andreas Hofland (Hortikey), Vincent Deenen (Grodan) and Edward Verbakel (VB Group).

The day will be concluded by Christian Kromme (trend watcher and author of ‘Humanification – Go Digital, Stay Human’). Christian will share his insights during his presentation entitled ‘The next big wave of change in (Green) Technology’.

Steven Newell (member of the GreenTech Summit Committee and CEO of Windset Farms): “It is a pleasure for me to have the opportunity to contribute as a grower to this years’ inspiring GreenTech Summit. The Summit provides international operating growers and investors thought provoking ideas and concepts surrounding modern horticulture with an eye to the future and of what lies ahead for the industry. I recommend attending the breakout sessions ‘Next Crops’ and ‘Next Growing Solutions’ as I’m sure there will interesting discussion and a lot to take away. Useful insights will be revealed to keep your business model future proof in horticulture. If you want to know what’s trending and want to stay ahead, the Summit is a must attend event. I look forward to seeing you there.”

GreenTech Summit’s partners Ridder, Priva, Modiform, Koppert Biological Systems, Alumat/Zeeman, Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects, Desch Plantpak, Svensson and Royal Brinkman are helping to make the event a reality.

More information and registration
Interested in the summit (11 June): please visit for more information and registration. Registration costs € 495 excluding Dutch VAT. Want to visit GreenTech Amsterdam (12 – 14 June)? Registration for GreenTech is free at
GreenTech is the global meeting place for all horticulture technology professionals and focuses on the early stages of the horticultural chain and contemporary issues relevant to growers. GreenTech Amsterdam will take place from 12 – 14 June 2018 and is organised by RAI Amsterdam at RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre.

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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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