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Lighting the way to net-zero carbon emissions and sustainable growth

For more than 50 years, greenhouse growers have supplemented natural sunlight with artificial lighting, delivering more predictable yields of high-quality produce to satisfy year-round consumer demand. Today, the need to produce more, whilst addressing the global climate crisis and meet targets set out by the European Union’s green initiatives, impose increasing financial and operational pressures on organisations who need to boost production, yet shrink their carbon footprint.

GE Current, a Daintree company, fuses a deep understanding of plant science and the pivotal role of light in indoor plant cultivation, with a legacy of cutting-edge lighting innovation that dates back to the invention of the first GE Lucalox® High Pressure Sodium lamps in 1962. Available in 600W single-ended 230V or 400V options, the latest generation of Lucalox® HPS lighting builds on the trusted GE design, delivering greater efficiency and higher PAR maintenance of 90% over a longer lifespan of 14,000 hours, for superior performance and lower maintenance costs all year round.

For producers who have already made the switch from HPS to LED technology, or who are interested in further slashing their energy bills and associated carbon emissions, Current’s Arize™ LED portfolio offers a range of options to set their greenhouse up for sustainable growth. With a range of optimised light recipes, Arize™ LED lighting allows growers to unlock the natural potential of every plant and maximise the volume and value of every harvest, whether you’re focusing on food, flowers or the burgeoning medicinal cannabis market.

Learn more about our complete range of HPS and LED grow lights at and get in touch to learn more about how we can help you trial, then move from HPS to low-energy LEDs without any slip in production.

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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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