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Successful project realization at van Gog nurseries

Several parties are often involved in the realization of projects. These parties have a strong interdependency: if one party does not do its work properly or according to schedule, others suffer and the desired end result is jeopardized. Collaboration is the key word in the chain of client, designer, builder/installer and supplier. For all parties, the satisfaction of the client and the end user(s) is the most important goal. When that goal is achieved, satisfaction and pride are the beautiful end result. A successful example of optimal cooperation is the recent realization of a 5 ha. LED/hybrid greenhouse realized at van Gog nurseries in Helmond.

Van Gog Nurseries grows cucumbers in a greenhouse area of 26 hectares in the south of the Netherlands, in Asten and Helmond. 17.5 ha. is illuminated. ‘Van Gog Kwekerijen’ has been proud for years of the high-quality cultivated cucumbers. They would like to offer these year-round to both existing and new customers. In order to be able to meet this demand, the idea of realizing a LED/hybrid greenhouse of 5 ha. was put forward from off the work floor. The management was very enthusiastic about this idea and therefore permission was given to the location manager Mr Edwin Verhees to enter into the first exploratory talks with various parties in January/February 2020. The challenge was to realize a successful project with both existing and new partners within a limited time. As if this wasn’t challenging enough, the parties also had to deal with all kinds of obstacles and restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 virus during this period. Partly thanks to the right focus, the short lines of communication and the optimal cooperation between the parties, it was possible to plant the cucumber plants on 2 November 2020.

The new lighting installation is a combination of 50% LED lamps from Mechatronix, type 900 Watt Cool-Stack Boost in combination with 50% 1000 Watt Agrolux SON-T lamps. The regular house installer Cogas Climate Control supervised the project from building up the CHP panel to the control cabinets in the greenhouse and supplied the SON-T lamps. Because of a good planning most of the work could be done during the previous summer cultivation of the cucumbers. The cabling in the greenhouse was mounted by the employees of Van Gog Nurseries themselves under the supervision of Cogas Climate Control.

In addition to the new LED/hybrid lighting installation, Luiten Greenhouses B.V. supplied and supervised a completely new (light reduction) screen installation, equipped with Ridder Climate Screens cloths. The light reduction screen runs on the same wire bed as the existing energy screen. In addition, all facades are equipped with blackout roll screens that prevent the light from being emitted to the outside. The perfect combination of trained employees of Luiten Greenhouses and Van Gog’s own technical team has led to a good end result.

Again, the key to success was the use of short lines of communication. We opted for simplicity in the system so that on 5 hectares the entire installation can be opened and closed in one go. Simplicity means less stress and malfunctions.

What could be better than a project that runs smoothly? Everything went on time, the lines of communication were clear, the drawings and deliveries were on time, complete and well-coordinated. In close consultation decisions could be made quickly and considered. It may seem like a dream scenario but, together with our partners, we were able to make it come true.

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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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