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Virus-free sweet potatoes growing in Bejing greenhouse

The ends of the green stems are connected with new leaves, and one seedling is next to each other in the experimental bottle. In the cultivation room of Xisen Sanhe Potato, “virus-free” potato seedlings are being bred and grown at a suitable temperature and humidity.

Since 2018, Xisen Sanhe Potato has begun to breed “virus-free” sweet potatoes. Currently, it can produce more than 3 million “virus-free” sweet potato seedlings and more than 20 varieties of virus-free sweet potatoes in different varieties. This year, the company has sold more than 2 million plants nationwide.

They make use of a smart technology that uses virus-free sweet potato stem apex meristems to cultivate virus-free seedlings. The seed potatoes and seedlings produced by “virus-free” seedlings are almost free of viruses, and the purity of the varieties has returned to the original state. When planted in the open field, the plants grow vigorously, the incidence of field diseases is significantly reduced, and the yield and quality are significantly improved. Normally the production can be increased by more than 30%, or even doubled. Therefore, “virus-free” sweet potatoes are very popular among potato farmers.

Creating jobs
Beijing Xisen Sanhe Potato occupies an area of ​​more than 26 hectares, with 11,000 m2 of tissue culture workshop, more than 100 seed potato breeding greenhouses, and 3,500 m2 of seed potato storage. In the future, the base will cooperate with some low-income villages in Yanqing District to breed seed potatoes of the “virus-free” sweet potato. While developing and expanding the base, it will drive farmers to increase income together. The District Agriculture and Rural Bureau will also accelerate the demonstration and promotion of virus-free sweet potato technology, assist large growers and cooperatives to develop the sweet potato industry, and expand and strengthen the sweet potato industry in Yanqing District.

Ms. Liu Lijuan, director of the Agricultural Science and Technology Service Center of the Yanqing District Agriculture and Rural Bureau, said, “In the next step, we will closely focus on the leading industries in Yanqing District, and work closely with enterprises and bases with a certain scale and influence, relying on the municipal several scientific research institutes. In this light, we can continue to increase the introduction of new varieties, new technologies, and new talents, improve the technological content of the industry and the standardization level of production, and continue to increase the income of the people.


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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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