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“It is a nice product, tasty and quite feminine, both delicate and fragile”

The strawberry season has started for Delphine Diot, strawberry grower in the French town of Chavagne. For Delphine, her team and the Solarenn cooperative (Saint-Armel), the strawberry marathon has begun in order to harvest the 42 tons of Gariguette strawberries between March and July.

Delphine Diot, whose parents and grandparents were also growers, is starting her 5th strawberry season at Solarenn. After 23 years managing a road sign company, she took over the family business in Domaines (Chavagne) in March 2017: 8,000m² of glass greenhouses, including 5,000m² of early strawberries and 3,000m² of late strawberries. She wanted to grow strawberries. “It is a nice product, tasty and quite feminine, both delicate and fragile”, explains Delphine, adding that she chose for the Gariguette variety. “This is probably the most famous one, with its refined and tangy taste.”

A delicate and very feminine harvest
As the sole manager of her company, Delphine is also the sole strawberry grower at Solarenn. Fifth largest operator on the tomato market in France and 3rd largest producer in Brittany, the Solarenn cooperative (Ille-et-Villaine) brings together 32 growers over 65 ha of greenhouses.

That means that the start of the season is a busy period for her, as the strawberries do not wait. Seasonal workers, packaging – everything has to be in order as the next 4 months, she will provide Solarenn twice a day with her fresh supply.

Femine team
With her feminine team (1 man only for 12 employees) during this marathon, Delphine harvests between 200 and 800 kilos per day. The gariguettes are harvested by hand, when they are ripe, and placed delicately next to each other in the trays. “Strawberries are a very fragile product. There is a very particular technique to pick them, without touching them. Restaurants love them because they keep for 3 to 4 days without getting spoiled.”

Between expertise and respect for the living
For the past 5 years, Delphine has been refining her production methods by paying attention to the environment. Bumblebees are used for pollination and she does not use any chemical crop protection, instead ensuring a proper level of IPM to let the auxiliary insects deal with pests as aphids and red spiders. Her greenhouse has the HEV level 3 label, a French label that stands for High Environmental Value.

“The strawberry is a very delicate undergrowth plant that does not like heat or too much water. We grow in gutters, which results in the gariguettes being picked at shoulder height,” she shows. “This technique makes harvesting quite a comfortable task. No need to bend over. The well-being of my ‘girls’ at work is indeed a very important aspect.”

Irrigation automation
The automatic drip irrigation allows for the fine management of water and nutrient supply and prevents from watering daily if it is not necessary. “This gives the strawberry its taste and flavor,” explains Delphine. “The plant in its core already has potential, but it is necessary to take good care of it and give it exactly what it needs. Everything pays off when people tell you that your product is good and keep asking for more.”

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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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