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Working time reduced by one-third thanks to Qlipr’

Qlipr offers potential in conventional cucumber growing
Cucumber grower Herman Keijsers has been using the Qlipr system since 2003. This grower and advisor is fully convinced: he finds the system simple, flexible, durable and efficient. “We have reduced the working time by about one-third compared with winding. This is part of the reason we can pay back the investment in Qlipr within five years.”

Cucumber grower Herman Keijsers has a 1.8 hectare farm in Veldhoven in the Netherlands, and last year he also took on a share in a 6 hectare site in Ijsselmuiden. Since 2008 Keijsers has also advised cucumber growers all over the world. Thirteen years ago, Keijsers invested in the Qlipr system from Pellikaan Crop Clamping Systems. “The main reason I switched to the Qlipr system is that it is so simple. My employees get to grips with the system very quickly.”

Labour savings
Keijsers believes that, as well as being easy to use, the Qlipr system also brings significant labour savings. “We move the clips six times from planting until the plant is above the wire. We used to wind the plants nine times, so with Qlipr we save three passes. In the conventional system, tying – and securing for the first time – is a bit more time-consuming. On the other hand, clipping during the subsequent passes takes slightly longer. All in all, and set against the traditional winding method, Qlipr reduces the working time by one-third.”

Greater flexibility
According to Keijsers, these savings mean that the investment in the Qlipr system can be paid back within five years. “And the clips last a long time: we are still using the clips that we bought in 2003.” Another advantage is that the Qlipr system offers greater flexibility: “Clipping one day earlier or later is no problem. If I expanded my farm, I would definitely choose Qlipr again.”

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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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