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“We have waited for PhormiTex Noctis!”

Van der Hulst Rozenkwekerijen is a modern rose nursery located in Meterik (The Netherlands). The nursery is approximately 9 ha, which is spread over 3 locations close to each other. Sjaak van der Hulst began cultivating roses in 1975 and moved to the current location in Noord-Limburg in 1992. Nowadays, his sons Koen, Mark and Paul are managing the 3 nurseries, and they are one of the biggest rose growers in The Netherlands. Van der Hulst has always been a loyal customer of Phormium, appreciating the reliability of their durable screens. The previous screen they used lasted for 21 years. Therefore, when a new screen needed to be installed, Sjaak opted again for Phormium as a trusted partner.

“The flame-retardant version of a light restriction screen was originally not available, but we waited for Phormium to launch their PhormiTex Noctis, which was installed in 2019.” Sales Manager Arjan van der Veer and Application Manager Zsuzsanna Tanács visited Sjaak and his son Koen in the nursery to share their thoughts about Noctis.

PhormiTex Noctis is a new, innovative, breathable light restriction screen from Phormium. The screen has an optimal moist and heat permeability, creating a perfect growing climate in the greenhouse. Sjaak explained, how they use PhormiTex Noctis at night to limit light emission, and in the summer- when the solar radiation is high – the screen is used to shield approximately 60 % of the light during the day, which maintains the relative humidity in the greenhouse. This way the grower can keep an optimal climate during the day, and at night PhormiTex Noctis guarantees an excellent moisture transport too.

“We have been able to achieve a significant energy saving by using this new screen!”, noted by Koen.

“We use PhormiTex Noctis every day and the big advantage of Phormium’s woven technology is that the tapes cannot be twisted, therefore seal the light better. We have really waited for this light restriction screen from Phormium”, says Sjaak.

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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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