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GreenTech Webinar Talks: Deep dive into horticulture technologies

GreenTech continues with the Webinar Talks on 8 – 10 June, the original dates of the GreenTech Amsterdam show. Each day will tackle a different horticulture topic: ‘Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge’, ‘Indoor/vertical farming’ and ‘Medicinal Cannabis’. The webinars are for horticulture professionals worldwide who want to virtual deep dive into horticulture technologies.

On Monday 8 June at 09:00am – 10:30am (UTC+2) the Webinar Talks kick-off with the ‘Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge’ of Wageningen University & Research (WUR). During a 6-months-period, international teams conducted an experiment to grow remotely a cherry tomato crop, in a greenhouse of WUR. The winner of this challenge will be announced during the webinar by the jury and the organizers share the analysis of the results.
Silke Hemming, head scientific research team Greenhouse Technology at WUR, explains why this challenge is important for the industry: “Multi-disciplinary research and international cooperation are essential to create new solutions for safe and high quality greenhouse crop production. The cross-over of high-tech industry and greenhouse horticulture are an excellent example.”

Tuesday 9 June at 16:00pm – 17:30pm (UTC+2) the webinar about indoor/vertical farming is organised in cooperation with FarmTech Society and Agritecture and will discuss three examples of ‘Food safety, waste, and security in the wake of COVID-19’. And also a panel of international experts dive deeper into the flaws of our food supply chain revealed by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Gus van der Feltz, chairman FarmTech Society, says: “People need access to safe, affordable and healthy produced food independent of where they live. Controlled Environment Agriculture can help realize this for many millions.”

“Medicinal Cannabis still growing strong”, the theme on Wednesday 10 June also at 16:00pm – 17:30pm (UTC+2). This Webinar Talk will be moderated by Phytonext and Cultivators. Despite COVID-19 and slower regulatory developments the medicinal cannabis market is still growing globally. Experts will give an update about their regional markets, from USA, Canada to Europe and Australia, among others Jenn Ayott and Laust Dam. Also there will be a discussion around all cultivation aspects and the latest developments by participants such as Ridder and Grodan.
Bob Hoban, president & founder Hoban Law Group, his view: “Will the cannabis industry continue to boom? The answer is a resounding yes. We are laying the groundwork for a new global commodity. We are just creating the surface of the cannabis plant’s potential, and how its seemingly endless applications will fit into global supply chains across countless verticals. While certain crazes will wax and wane, the future is undoubtedly bright.“

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GreenTech Amsterdam will be held Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 October 2020. The exhibition is a global meeting place for all horticultural technology professionals. GreenTech focuses on the early stages of the horticultural chain and the current issues growers face. All Dutch front runners, greenhouse builders and suppliers are present. Last year a total of 12,489 professionals from 114 countries visited GreenTech Amsterdam.
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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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