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“Our goal is to reach more than 400 hectares in the next 3 years”

Since 2019, FD Berries in Jalisco Mexico has utilized the FibreDust True Blue Blueberry growbag and couldn’t be happier with the results.  After the company established themselves in Mexico in 2019 to produce substrates locally, they’ve also started producing blueberries there. Today, FD Berries has more than 100 hectares of blueberry production in Jalisco, and its goal is to reach more than 400 hectares in the next 3 years. The by-product of the local produced coco substrates, is coco fiber, which is now offered as a solution for erosion control.

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Coir use in blueberry
“The advantages of coir use in blueberry cultivation are well documented, but there’s nothing more convincing than seeing a crop flourish with your own eyes. That’s why when we had the opportunity to start growing blueberries, we didn’t hesitate. Besides, it has always been my dream, which of course was why we started looking for it in the first place,” says Sam Ahilan, president with FibreDust. Back in 2018 his coco coir company has expanded operations into growing blueberries, under the name FD Berries. “We have the biggest showroom for our locally produced True Blue blueberry growbags here.”

Rapid expansion
FD Berries company is established in the town Gomez Farias, in the Mexican state of Jalisco. After the first successful year of growing on 14 hectare, they added another 33 hectare and last year another 60 hectare was added. In the upcoming years, they want to triple or even quadruple the current size, general manager Jorge Chavez says. “In addition, we’re focusing on buying fruit from other people and export directly to the USA, Canada and Europe.”

“We’ve been growing in the same substrates since we started, which was 4 years ago,” Jorge says. “Growers are looking for a maximum of 10 to 12 years, and we can show them here that the quality remains good. Of course we check them regularly and there’s no degradation.”

Grow bag production
The blueberries are grown in two different bags: one is 27 to 30 liter, the other one is 40 liter. Both are produced locally: Last year the US based company Fibredust announced the expansion of their Mexican operation to include the production facility in Jalisco. This 10 hectare facility offers an avenue for coir made and shipped from Mexico. The by-product, the coco fiber, is currently on offer as well. This can be used for eco-friendly erosion control and can be shipped to Mexican or US companies quickly avoiding freight hikes and container delay.

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Testing and development
In addition to FD Berries being a successful export company and the biggest showroom of the growing bags, it’s also a testing area for the development of new growing bags for the blueberry market as well as other soft fruits and even products like figs.

“The most important benefits of growing hydroponically are the better yields and the better control over your irrigation and water use. Then, growing in an inert substrate brings security to a company, as there are no pathogens that can harm the plant. This goes for blueberries and for other crops as well,” says Sam. “So does the benefit of covering the ground with a ground cover – which greatly helps to avoid a lot of weeds, saving a lot in labor.” Since the conductivity of coco coir is very low and the substrate can be washed in 12 to 24 hours, it is ready for growers to plant whenever they choose. “And for whatever crop they choose.”

FD Berries has its doors open for any producer or investor to visit its operations, both blueberry production and the substrate itself, and show them the secret of its success.

AgTech Americas visited the facility. Watch the video here.

For more information:
For orders of the coco fiber:
Andrew Pidgeon
(C) +1 860-919-6550


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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