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Less disease and better quality under diffuse coating

Agrokultura Group is finding it easier to find the balance between optimal use of sunlight and crop protection. In the video, Sergei Volkov explains how ReduSystems coatings play an important role in this.

The company grows tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, aubergines and strawberries on 58 hectares in Kashira, 120 kilometres from Moscow. In the summer, temperatures rise in the land climate. “If we don’t take any measures, the plants become overheated. This makes them thinner and more susceptible to disease and pests,” says Sergei Volkov. In past, we therefore used to close the movable screen for much of the day during the summer.

The arrival of ReduSystems coatings really helped. First, they gained experience using ReduSol and ReduHeat, and then continued with diffuse coatings. They found that ReduFuse IR was best for protecting tomatoes and cucumbers, while ReduSol was good for the young plants. “This strategy gave good results last year. So we’ll use the same method next season,” he says.

Converting light into production
The young plants are very vulnerable. A thick layer of ReduSol (20 buckets per hectare) provides protection against light and heat so that the crops can develop properly. Tomato and cucumber plants can take much more light. They are protected by 16 buckets of ReduFuse IR per hectare. This coating diffuses the light in the crop and keeps out heat radiation so that the plants do not overheat.

“Under ReduFuse IR, you don’t get any bright light spots, which would cause stress in the crop. The light falls deeper into the crop and is distributed both horizontally and vertically. That improves the climate in the greenhouse. You can really see it: the plants look better. Productivity is higher, the product quality is better and there’s less disease and fewer pests,” says Sergei Volkov.

Occasionally, it is still necessary to use the movable screen, but in general the crop can usefully convert a great deal of light into production. And not unimportantly: the coatings have enormously improved the climate for the people working in the greenhouse.

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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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