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Mini cucumber has great success in Northern Italian markets

Cucumber is undoubtedly one of the most interesting products in the vegetable sector. The vegetable is produced on a large scale in southern Italy. Among the producers who have specialized in growing cucumbers in greenhouses is the F.lli Facchini farm.

The cucumbers are grown in hydroponic greenhouses using integrated pest management and certified zero residue, as well as nickel free farming. The company in Giovinazzo (BA), Apulia, also grows different varieties of tomatoes for the fresh market, such as insalataro tomato, red and colored datterino tomatoes (striped, yellow, orange) and ciliegino tomato.

The cucumbers are of the Minuto variety (Baresano type) from the seed company TSI Italia, grown on an area of 1 hectare. The company markets 200 tons in the period May-September, which are destined for various supermarket chains in central and northern Italy in various supermarket chains. Especially 750-gram packages are delivered.

“The distinguishing trait of the TSI Italia Minuto cucumber is the productivity of the plant. The fruit can be eaten with the whole skin, because it’s thin; it is never bitter, and the flesh is sweet, crispy and juicy,” said Pietro Facchini.

Let’s take a closer look at the specific characteristics of this smooth parthenocarpic mini cucumber hybrid, which is suitable for both greenhouse and polytunnel cultivations.

“The fruit is perfectly cylindrical, with a length of 10-14 cm, and it is always smooth and bright, with an excellent green color. It also has a good post-harvest shelf life, the so-called long shelf-life (LSL) trait that the large-scale retail trade is so fond of. The plant is open and compact, with very short internodes and an excellent breeding capacity,” explained Facchini, an experienced agronomist.

The GlobalGAP-certified farm covers an area of about 15 hectares, 10 of which are under polytunnels. The crops are technically managed by one of the brothers, the agronomist Pietro Facchini, who takes care of the production by combining academic know-how and research activities applied to the production cycles.

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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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