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Using intra eco shield to protect your crops

Intrahorti, a department of Intracare, is making way in the horticultural sector. In addition to Intra Hydro pure, which growers can use for cleaning and disinfection to guarantee the purest irrigation water, the company is taking a broader approach, for instance adding nutrients to her product range. One of those new products, based on silicic acid, has hit the market under the name Intra Eco Shield.

Natural shield
Intra Eco Shield creates a literal shield around the outer cell walls of the plant, explains Claudia Weick, Product Manager at Intrahorti. “We call it the ‘vitamin’ for the plant. Intra Eco Shield makes the plant more resistant to stress moments and it improves the nutrient uptake of the plant.” Intra Eco Shield can be administered along with the fertilizers, or can be used by foliar application.

It’s already being used in a range of crops, from cucumbers and lilies – to eggplants and cabbages. “In all those crops, we see that Intra Eco Shield is helping the plant get easier through moments of stress.”

For instance tomato growers in the Czech Republic, are using Intra Eco Shield to make plants more resistant and to prevent Blossom end rot. Another advantage: they see less harmful insects. Cucumber growers use Intra Eco Shield to continue cultivation more easily until the end of the season, thanks to the improved nutrient uptake.

In the rose cultivation, Intra Eco Shield also has its benefits. Growers in Russia use it to boost the colour intensity and shelf life of their roses after harvest. “And they also see the positive side effect of fewer harmful insects.”

Cultivation of the future
Intracare has traditionally supplied nutrients for livestock farming. The idea is to use as little antibiotics as possible – the ‘farming of the future’. They intend to apply the same principle in horticulture, calling it the ‘cultivation of the future’: less pesticides, by using more supplements.

In addition to the mentioned product based on silicic acid, a second new product is on the way. “We are aiming for ‘cultivation of the future’ and innovate in this way,” says Claudia. “For a second nutritional based product we are in the finishing phase, the first results look very positive.”

Another main aspect in Intracare’s mission to reduce chemical crop protection, is hygiene (think about Intra Hydro pure). It is the combination: nutrients on one side, a clean start and working hygienically on the other side. Those two pillars ensure less or even no use of crop protection products.

Being an innovative company, Claudia emphasizes, Intracare does a lot of research and product development – in fact, the R&D department is even bigger than the sales department. The company is always willing to help out with questions from the field. “We are the innovators who advise and support the greenhouse sector.”

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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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