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International interest for HortiContact Tour 2019 from Germany, Mexico, Iran, Azerbaijan, Qatar and Brazil

GORINCHEM – The preliminary registrations for the HortiContact Tour (19 and 20 February 2019) show that international growers around the world travel to the Netherlands to become acquainted with the latest developments in Dutch greenhouse horticulture. Over the past period, the organization received registrations of international growers from Germany, Mexico, Iran, Azerbaijan, Qatar and Brazil. It is still possible to attend this two-day excursion.

The HortiContact Tour is being offered for the third year in a row by the HortiContact trade fair organization (19 – 21 February 2019 at Evenementenhal Gorinchem), Uniglobe Westland Business Travel and In Greenhouses magazine. Thanks to the support of sponsors (Ludvig Svensson B.V., Priva Horticulture B.V., Mardenkro B.V., KUBO Group, Codema Systems Group and Rockwool B.V.) participation in the HortiContact Tour is free. International growers need to arrange their trip to the Netherlands and accommodations themselves.

On the first day of the HortiContact Tour (19 February 2019) participants will visit cultivation companies and research locations. The excursion starts at 8.15 AM from Rotterdam. The first stop is at 9.00 AM at rose grower Marjoland in Waddinxveen. This is followed by a visit to Wageningen University & Research business unit Greenhouse Horticulture and Delphy Improvement Centre in Bleiswijk. After a lunch, the excursion consists of practical visits to Anthura, breeder and propagation of orchid and anthurium in Bleiswijk and pepper grower Oostland Company in Berkel en Rodenrijs.

Day 2 of the HortiContact Tour takes place in Gorinchem, located 35 kilometers east of Rotterdam. At the HortiContact exhibition location researchers of Wageningen University & Research give lectures: Silke Hemming (Head scientific research team Greenhouse Technology) about ‘Diffuse light and glass’, Erik Pekkeriet (Senior Business Development Manager Agro Food Robotics) about ‘Robotics and precision greenhouse horticulture’, Feije de Zwart (Researcher Greenhouse climate and Energy) about ‘Next generation growing’ and Jim van Ruijven (Scientific Researcher Water Technology & Emission) about ‘Water and emission’. The afternoon can be spent visiting the HortiContact fair. With an average of more than 500 participants, it is the largest and most appreciated trade fair for greenhouse horticulture 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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