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‘The Qlipr system and virus-free cultivation: a perfect combination!’

Cucumber growers on disinfecting Qlipr clamps and hooks
The Qlipr system developed by Pellikaan Gewasklemsystemen is extremely durable: the clamps and hooks will last for at least ten years. This is a major advantage over plastic clips and ties. The Qlipr clamps and hooks can moreover be easily and eff ectively disinfected, say growers who use the system. “Steaming is 100 percent eff ective; we have no problems whatsoever caused by viruses or bacteria.”

In 2007 Floris van der Linden from Oud-Beijerland switched from growing his cucumbers in the traditional way to the high-wire system. That’s also when he started using Qlipr. “We’ve been using this system ever since, and are very satisfied with it,” says Floris, who grows his crops in an area of five hectares. “Among the advantages of the Qlipr system is that it’s easier to create more stalks. Cutting the leaves is also easier because you’re not obstructed by wires. On top of that it’s very durable: we’re still using the same clamps and hooks that we bought back in 2007.”

After each harvest Van der Linden hires a steamer, which heuses to steam his perlite growing medium, and also the Qlipr clamps and hooks. “We put the clamps – along with the foam inserts – and the hooks in containers which we stack and cover with tarpaulin. We insert the steamer’s tubes under the tarpaulin and this enables us to disinfect the clamps and hooks in no time – less than two hours to be precise. It’s a perfect way of eliminating bacteria and viruses; they cause us no problems whatsoever. Steaming is 100 percent eff ective!”

Cucumber mosaic virus a thing of the past
Pieter de Vogel, who runs an organic nursery of 2.5 hectares in Rotterdam, fully agrees. He’s been using the Qlipr system for his cucumber crops for ten years. “In principle, I steam the clamps and hooks once every few years,” says De Vogel. “But if I’ve had any problems with a virus I always disinfect them at the end of the season. The steaming is very effective. They say that once one of your crops has been infected by cucumber mosaic virus it’s virtually impossible to eradicate it completely. But my crops are completely virus-free again; that just goes to show that the Qlipr system and virus-free cultivation really do go hand in hand!”

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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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