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Qlipr, the sustainable, efficient clamping system

for cucumber and tomato production
The Qlipr plant clamping system, which consists of a galvanised crop hook and two stainless steel clips, has more than earned its place in cucumber and tomato production. Qlipr is easy to apply and labour-saving and can be used with all growing methods. It also has sustainability benefits: it leaves no plastic or string residues in the crop. This makes Qlipr an environmentally sound, future-proof growing system!

Dick de Jong, crop advisor and grower at FoodVentures in Khobi, Georgia:

‘Why take the hard option if there’s an easy one with Qlipr?’
‘I have more than ten years’ experience with the Pellikaan Qlipr system. In 2004 I switched to high-wire cultivation at my cucumber business in Dongen (the Netherlands) and started using Qlipr. Its biggest plus point is that plants can be lowered, pinched out and slid sideways in one single operation. It’s easy and efficient: we were able to cut our workload by as much as 10- to 15 percent! And the fact that the Qlipr system is completely sustainable was an additional advantage.

‘Because of these benefits and the positive results within my own business, I started promoting Qlipr actively when I set up as an independent horticultural advisor in 2007. Since early 2014 I have been in charge of cucumber production at FoodVentures in Georgia: a project backed by Dutch investors, where we also apply the Qlipr system.

‘The Qlipr system is an equally great solution here in Georgia: I’m still entirely positive. Many workers have no affinity with horticulture whatsoever, which means it is important to use a system that people can understand and start working with efficiently straight away. That’s Qlipr in a nutshell: it’s ultra-simple and extremely effective! New staff only takes about two weeks to master the system. Another advantage is that there is less breakage of the terminal shoot and it’s easier to make it clear to staff what you expect of them.

‘All in all, I find Qlipr a wonderfully straightforward system that’s a pleasure to use. So why take the hard option if there’s an easy one? As far as I’m concerned we will continue to use Qlipr in future projects: besides cucumbers, I think it has potential for tomatoes too!’

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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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