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Qlipr: simple, efficient and above all sustainable!

Tomato Growers share their experiences

The Qlipr crop clamping system – which consists of a galvanised crop hook and two stainless steel clamps – has already earned a strong position in the cucumber and tomato cultivation sector as more than 12 million Qlipr clamps have already been sold worldwide. A tour at some ‘Qlipr tomato growers’ shows that the system can be used with all cultivation methods, it is easy to use and it cuts down on the work required. But perhaps most telling factor is that Qlipr is very sustainable!

Dennis van der Knaap, Flavourwave Katunga, Katunga (Australia):

‘New employees learn very quickly’

“Flavourwave Katunga cultivates tomatoes on 5.3 hectares, with 4.3 hectares used for loose cherry tomatoes and 1 hectare for vine cherry tomatoes. This is now the second season that we have been using Qlipr. I began working here as the company director three months ago, so I only recently started learning how to use the system.
By using Qlipr, Flavourwave hopes to be able to work in a more sustainable manner and to cut back on labour. The latter has already been achieved as pinching of side shoots, winding and lowering can now be done in one go. We move the clips every week, but in winter we might only have to do that once every ten days.
At our company every clipper is responsible for eleven rows of their own and they get paid by the row. On average employees ‘do’ about 600 plants per hour, but that number could go up a bit because we added a shoot during this past week.
In addition to the labour and sustainability gains another great advantage, considering that we also cultivate in winter, is that we can get all of the terminal buds nice and even. This allows for better light distribution among the plants. There are also no hooks hanging above the plants that cut down on light penetration. It is also important to note that the Qlipr method is fairly easy to learn, so new employees can master it quickly, without causing too much damage to the crop.
There are some disadvantages as well, however: Clips occasionally jump from the hook because we pollinate by beating with sticks on the crop wires and it costs a bit of time to put the clips back up again. All in all Qlipr certainly has potential, especially where trained staff is in limited supply – as is the case here in Australia.”

Stefanie Reimann, Gärtnerei Rothenfeld, Isernhagen (Germany):

‘Labour reduction and more stable plants’

“We grow many types of products in our organic horticulture business – in fact we cultivate nearly fifty different types of vegetables. We sell them directly to consumers in our own store, as well as to health food stores, restaurants, organic delivery services and caterers.
Tomatoes form an indispensable part of our crop plan and we have dedicated 1600 m2 of greenhouse space to tomatoes. Until recently we grew them in the traditional manner as we trained the plants along a rope up to the crop wire, which is suspended at a height of 2.70 meters. Since the beginning of May we started using the Qlipr system on two hundred plants to see if it would work.
We consider the labour reduction that we have gained through Qlipr to be significant. We go through the crop every second week we combine lowering, pinching of side shoots and hanging in one go.
Since we already use biologically degradable rope we have not gained much in term of sustainability, but we have noticed that the plants are clearly more stable since we started using Qlipr, which is a significant advantage.”

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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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