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“Qlipr has proven itself yet again with cucumbers”

Dick de Jong, grower and partner at FoodVentures:
Dick de Jong, a proponent of the Qlipr plant clamping system for many years, is responsible for cucumber cultivation at FoodVentures in Georgia. Aside from helping entrepreneurs get started with Qlipr he also assists ‘Qlipr growers’ to get the most out of their crops. With the establishment of the new cucumber divisions at FoodVentures, De Jong once again opted for Qlipr. The experience has been positive. “Qlipr is easy, efficient and completely sustainable.”

Dick de Jong used to run his own cucumber farm in Dongen, the Netherlands, but after closing the business he started working as an independent horticultural consultant in 2007. De Jong has his own projects in Georgia and the Ukraine and he has been responsible for cucumber cultivation at FoodVentures in Georgia since 2014. Cucumbers are grown on an area of ​​two hectares in this horticulture company, which was founded by Dutch investors with Georgian partners. “Initially we only grew cucumbers in a tunnel greenhouse of 5,000 m2, but another greenhouse of 16,000 m2 was built last year for cucumbers,” said De Jong. “We also grow lettuce on a surface of 4,000 m2.”

Simple and effective
De Jong had already used the Qlipr method in his own company and he continues to employ this technique at FoodVentures. “The biggest advantage with Qlipr is that lowering, pinching of side shoots and winding can all be done in one go. It is easy and efficient; you easily save anywhere between 10 to 15 percent on labour! Another plus is that the Qlipr plant clamping system is extremely sustainable.”

It therefore made perfect sense to De Jong to likewise install Qlipr within a large part of the new divisions that were taken into operation during the past twelve-month period.

According to the grower-consultant the Qlipr system has proven itself yet again in cucumber cultivation over the past year. “Above all, the system is very straightforward; people quickly learn how to use it. Compared to winding, the clamping method shows a reduction in terminal shoot breakage, the system is simple and effective, and working conditions are improved significantly. If you work with a tomato hook you are standing above the crop when you lower it, which is far from ideal, especially considering that temperatures can reach between 30 and 35 degrees during Georgian summers.”

De Jong is also convinced that Qlipr will be more cost-effective in the long term than a system using a tomato hook and plastic clips. “You only need two Qlipr crop clamps per plant, whereas you need many more plastic clips and always need to invest in more. Granted, the initial investment with Qlipr is higher, but it works out cheaper over time, and isn’t that what it’s all about in the long run?”

Advice and assistance
FoodVentures wants to play a leading role in the further development of the horticultural sector in the countries around the Black Sea, a region still in its infancy in terms of horticulture. For this reason Dick de Jong also provides advice and assistance to several new developments in this geographical area. “This is where we share our horticultural know-how and where we become involved with innovations in the areas of lighting and cultivation systems. Qlipr plays an equally important role here. It is not always straightforward to train unskilled employees in certain tasks at new production sites, but the Qlipr system is helping to keep things relatively simple. This saves you time and, as already stated, working conditions are significantly improved. This means that new ventures can get off to a flying start.”

Testing with tomatoes
FoodVentures is eager to become involved with the cultivation of other products in future including peppers, eggplants and tomatoes, in order to further reinforce its position as an innovative player. “Our aim is to produce more goods for the local market. I also see opportunities for Qlipr in tomato cultivation, which we intend to test. We are similarly looking into growing less common varieties of cucumber, as well as using a combination of LED lighting and SON-T light for cultivation. All this with the aim of putting our business on the map and unlocking Dutch horticultural expertise for this region.”

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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
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