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The Roofmaster: A 2-in-1 greenhouse roof miracle

The Roofmaster, the innovative greenhouse roof washer made by Besseling Techniek, a Dutch company based in Heerhugowaard, has grown into a genuine partner for greenhouse growers all over the world in the past few years. What started as a mechanical solution for manually washing greenhouse roofs has become a fixed value in the greenhouse horticulture industry.

The Roofmaster’s shape – rather like an A – which allows it to move through 2 gutters on 4 wheels, has not changed in the 30 years that the machine has been on the market. But that’s only one of the few things that have not been upgraded. In response to suggestions from horticulturists and our constant drive for improvement, many changes were made to the Roofmaster over the years. In addition to more efficient brushes and water-saving solutions, a major development occurred several years ago when we changed the drive system used by the wheels from hydraulic to electric. This ground-breaking adjustment is now being patented.

This technical adjustment enhances the stability of the greenhouse roof washer, allows it to shorten the time laps – without any concessions to quality – and builds up speed after leaving the platform and reduces it near the end. Additionally, the possibility of disruptions (primarily with regard to the reel) has been drastically reduced. The Roofmaster offers horticulturists a great advantage: they can sleep peacefully while the Roofmaster works at night to ensure the optimum ingress of light into the greenhouse!

Because the speed of the Roofmaster is adjustable, it can also be used to apply chalk and coatings in addition to washing. While greenhouse roofs need to be washed to let in as much light as possible, the Roofmaster can also help to keep excessive light (and heat) outside in spring and summer. Attaching spray beams to the greenhouse roof washer transforms the Roofmaster into a real chalking machine in just a few easy steps. It can be used not only to apply white calcareous products; more sophisticated products such as diffuse coatings are no problem for this ‘greenhouse miracle’. Until recently, this add-on was used primarily by growers abroad due to the scarcity of contract workers. However, the past few years have also seen more and more Dutch growers opting for the 2-in-1 Roofmaster as a solution to control the light all year round in order to obtain an optimal greenhouse climate.

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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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