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Why India is an interesting country for greenhouse suppliers

This week, a Virtual Trade Mission India has taken place (from 8 to 12 February). This mission was led by the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Mrs Sigrid Kaag, and aims to help companies in the Netherlands and India gain insight into local challenges, to provide them with market information, and to expand their network with new commercial partners. The mission focused on the themes of food, energy, and water.

Dutch Greenhouse Delta was organizing partner of this mission and our Advisor India, Desh spoke at the Co-Creation Session: ‘Safe and sustainable local food production chains’. This co-creation session is the kick-off of the Ideation roadmap.

“The theme of food safety is becoming increasingly important in India. The population in India will grow to 1.6 billion in the next 10 to 15 years, and India will need to provide this growing population with fresh food while enhancing its own economy by exporting more food to the Middle East, Africa, and certain neighbouring countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand, which depend on food imports,” Dutch Greenhouse Delta shares. “If India grows by 300 to 400 million people in the next 15 to 20 years and wants to produce twice as much food, it will need to do so in a more effective, more sustainable, healthier, safer, and sustainable manner. The main challenges for which India needs help are water management, air pollution, climate change, health, and population growth.”

In India, Dutch Greenhouse Delta focuses on, among other things, awareness among governments, investors, and companies with respect to the hazards arising from the current food production system. “We strive to show them the benefits of using Dutch horticultural technology and knowledge. Our advanced technology and knowledge can play a large role in making the future food production of India more sustainable and effective. Horticulture makes a significant contribution to the main themes faced by India: biodiversity, air quality, water levels, and public health.”

“We also focus on collaboration between the Netherlands and India in the field of sustainability and diversification of the current Indian food production. We arrange this by letting Dutch companies collaborate with Indian young professionals and start-ups already active in the Indian agri-food industry. This creates the foundations for new innovative collaborations that could be implemented at a global level.” The first one of a number of interesting co-creation events for this purpose, took place this week during the Virtual Indian Trade Mission.

“We also focus on the consumers in India, who want sustainable, pesticide-free, healthy, and high-quality food. With a focus on these consumers, we strive to establish partnerships with retailers, with which we want to development short-chain concepts. A ‘short-chain concept’ reduces the post-harvest and makes the sales economically feasible.”

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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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