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The goodness of healthy tomatoes thanks to brackish water

“Our crops have that extra something thanks to brackish irrigation water, which conveys extraordinary organoleptic properties,” explains Angelo Barone, who owns a company together with his father Francesco, located a stone’s throw from Scoglitti (Ragusa).

Francesco and Angelo Barone

The family business covers 2.5 hectares and is currently managed by the third generation. Over the years, it managed to adapt to trends, innovating crop techniques and updating the facilities, which are all made of iron and boast high-tech solutions.

The company is the perfect example of Sicilian greenhouse cultivation. The choice of specializing exclusively on table tomatoes, mainly red bunch tomatoes, was made because of their higher value compared to other cultivars.

“Years ago, we decided to capitalize our investment and focus mainly on plum tomatoes. Some time ago, we started growing an excellent variety that works perfectly with our microclimate – SV1201TC by Seminis. It is highly productive in a period when a lot of diseases, ToBRFV included, are affecting the territory. Plant health is surprising, the rachis is robust, dark green and very elegant and fruits are harmoniously proportioned with an excellent balance between acidity and sugar content.”

The lesser susceptibility to disease can make the difference between a good and a mediocre campaign. Varietal choice is therefore of predominant importance.

“We do not commercialize the produce ourselves, but we may think about it in the future. At the moment, we just send the produce to our PO. We also grow cherry and midi-plum tomatoes (Maraskino – see photo below), which makes us more appealing to those looking for products with a high degree of specialization. Anyway we are working on a brand to make us recognizable among all the other generic crates.”

“Brackish water represents our added value – a characteristic that makes our tomatoes not only more appealing, but also sweeter thanks to 1-2 additional Brix degrees.”

For further information:
Angelo Barone
Azienda Agricola Barone
C.da Berdia/Macconi
97019 Vittoria (RG)
+39 339 6445766

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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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