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Boom in vegetable farming in Bangladesh

According to data from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation, in recent years, the growth in vegetable production in Bangladesh has been the third fastest in the world. This nation now grows 3.7 million tonnes of vegetables a year from less than a tenth of Bangladesh's available cultivable.....

SUNfarming Food & Energy nominated for GreenTec Award

The project “SUNfarming Food & Energy” was selected by an independent jury of experts among the TOP 3 finalists in the category Sustainable Development.Since its founding in 2008, the GreenTec Awards have become the world’s most important environmental award. Together with more than 120 partners, they.....

Meteor Systems introduces HDPE rafts:

"Easier to clean and lasting longer than polystyrene"

Meteor Systems launches a durable raft for the Deep Flow Technique (DFT) cultivation of leafy vegetables and herbs. The Meteor Systems Hydroponic Floating Raft is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) which, in contrast to expanded polystyrene (EPS), discourages diseases, algal growth and contamination.....

Temperature and CO2 considerations

Optimize your cannabis grow for LED

The newest generation of powerful LED grow lights have changed the way that growers maximize profits and crop quality. Growers often ask what adjustments need to be made to their growing environment in order to optimize their facility for LED lighting. Dr. Matt Wheatley, a cannabis consultant working with.....

Italy: Challenges for the professional fresh produce market

"The weather is strongly affecting the single crops. While 3-day weather forecasts are extremely precise, they can't be for 3-6 months, which is the average period between sowing and harvesting."ESASEM company managers also added that: "an important objective of our research is to supply products that adapt.....

Over 32 trillion data points give growers environmental intelligence

Autogrow has announced their strategy to use trillions of available growing data points to help their growers’ crop production. “Due to the unique nature of our architecture, over 32 trillion data points flow through our systems each year which would be one of the most substantial collections for indoor.....

A battery for every grower?

An ‘energy revolution’ is being predicted for the UK over the next decade, as farmers and landowners look to invest in energy storage technology.According to James Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association, around 2.5GW of subsidy-free solar and energy storage projects.....

Iran: Fifth place in global vegetable output

Iran has 900,000 hectares under vegetable cultivation and produces about 28 million tons of different kinds of vegetables per year. This makes it the seventh and fifth in the world in terms of land under cultivation and volume of production respectively, according to the chairman of the Horticultural Science.....

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Mudslides add to farm losses in California

The deadly mudslide that hit Santa Barbara County last week, which left part of Montecito in ruins, caused agricultural damage in the Carpinteria Valley. The valley, described as the "flower basket of the world" by the California Cut Flower Commission, hosts about two dozen growers."They're all impacted,".....

Mexico: Baja squash production helping to alleviate short supply

Squash production in the Baja region in Mexico is on track to continue steady production. Mexico has experienced cool temperatures and significant rainfall in certain regions, but Baja has seen mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures. The good growing conditions and steady production have also enabled.....

HortNZ says drought threatens food supply

Water is vital for plants and trees to grow and New Zealand needs to better mitigate droughts that threaten our domestic supply of fresh fruit and vegetables, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says."The dry conditions we have seen through early summer are putting fruit and vegetable.....

February 8-9, Wooster

US (OH): Greenhouse Management Workshop focuses on hydroponics

Registration is open for The Ohio State University’s 2018 Greenhouse Management Workshop, which this year will focus on hydroponics, a booming Ohio industry that grows crops in water without soil.The event is Feb. 8-9 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), part of the Wooster.....

John Breedveld, GrowGroup IFS:

"Indoor farming in the Middle East in acceleration"

In the run up to the GFIA in Abu Dhabi in February, John Breedveld, CEO of GrowGroup IFS talks about the developments in vertical farming in the Middle East.AccelerationSince GrowGroup IFS signed an agreement in October 2017 for a project in Riyadh for the construction of the first large scale farm,.....

India: Cold damages tomato crop

Tomato crops in several parts of Uttarakhand have been damaged by severe winter forcing the farmers to look for help from the state government. Other vegetables too have been affected by the frost."In place of snow or rain we are experiencing frosty conditions which is not good for vegetables," said Dewan.....

Growers say border policies a factor in Texas labor crisis

Labor shortages on US farms have been an ongoing issue for many years. In California, for example, the situation is impacting an increasing amount of producers every year, adding to the overall cost of produce. There is now a growing labor problem in South Texas, which traditionally has been less affected.....

Organic fibre netting offers alternative to plastic in the fresh produce industry

The botanic packaging concept by Lenzing fibres in the fruit and vegetable sector provides a solution for the growing amount of companies looking to avoid plastics. The Lenzing fibres used are made from wood, their fibre profile makes them an ideal material for net packaging. The packaging concept could be.....

Hi-tech plug nursery (4 acres) opened in India

The Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Kerala (VFPCK) is planning to bolster its activities by adopting latest technologies and launching new products through exclusive outlets. For starters, a hi-tech plug nursery will soon begin operations at Nadukkara in Muvattupuzha. The plug nursery - one of the.....

Japan's increasing interest in Myanmar's agricultural sector

There is more and more Japanese interest in the agriculture sector of the Myanmar states of Shan and Mon. Investors are seeing opportunities to provide machinery and equipment, as well as high quality fertilisers and seeds.Based on data from the Myanmar Times, Japanese imports of Myanmar agricultural.....

Berry and nut industries in Australia get over $600k to develop new leadership

The federal government in Australia has set aside $5 million toward the Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund which will partly help boost the berry and nut industries in the country, farmingahead.com.au told. The Raspberries and Blackberries Australian and the Australian Blueberry Growers Association.....

Azerbaijan and Pakistan keen to expand agricultural cooperation

On December 7, Baku hosted the first meeting of the Azerbaijan-Pakistan Joint Working Group on agricultural cooperation. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, the Pakistani Minister for National Food Security and Research, and Heydar Asadov, the Azerbaijani Minister of Agriculture discussed the political relations.....

NL: New cultivation application QMS Mushrooms

Delphy Mushrooms, Geurts Teelt BV and Widget Brain will develop a digital application to improve the cultivation of mushrooms in regard to quality and efficiency called: QMS Mushrooms (Quality Monitoring System Mushrooms).With the application QMS Mushrooms the project executives hope to cultivate a better.....

Few hundred acres of avocado trees impacted

US (CA): Growers set out to fully assess wildfire damage

As the remnants of half a dozen fires in Southern California remain, growers are looking ahead to assess the damage and see where they’ll go from here. “The fire has burned almost exclusively in the hills, so the effect has been mostly limited to rangeland and avocado orchards, which often are planted on.....

AU: Christmas fruit and berries ‘decimated’ by extreme storms in Victoria

Farms in Orange, New South Wales, and Yarra Valley, Victoria, were very heavily impacted following the extreme weather over the weekend. According to thenewdaily.com, about half of the crops of Christmas fruit in those regions were destroyed by the storms.The timing was awful, as many Australian farmers’.....

India: "Protected cultivation could double farmers’ incomes"

Agriculture in India is in crisis. Even in irrigated northwestern states, the dominant paddy-wheat cropping pattern is under strain due to plateauing yields and rising production costs. Some farmers have diversified into vegetable cultivation and floriculture. But their efforts have been stymied by.....

US (FL): Screen houses may help prevent grapefruit greening

Grapefruit grows better under screen houses than in unprotected groves because the indoor facilities keep out the insect that causes citrus greening, new University of Florida research shows.Protecting citrus from greening is essential, UF/IFAS researchers say. The disease, first detected in Florida in 2004,.....

India: Rainfall damage 90% strawberry plantations Mahabaleshwar

Unseasonal rainfall in India’s Mahabaleshwar region is impacting the strawberry crops. Rainfall over the past two days has caused significant damage to close to 90% strawberry plantations in their most important growth stage of fruiting. Both harvested strawberries and crops in the fields are falling prey to.....

India: Farming in the heart of a ‘dying’ city

If you have a terrace or a balcony, you can have a digital farm that you could track on your mobile. Woolly Farms, started mid last year as a research project in University of Virginia, are in town and they build urban, community farms. They rent/lease out your space (with a minimum of 500 sq ft) and set up.....

January 30-February 2, 2018

NL: Delphy organizes Short Course Growing Edible Mushrooms

Delphy Mushrooms presents their New Short Course: Growing Edible Mushrooms. During this course all aspects of growing with sterilized and pasteurized substrates will be dealt with. The courses will be directed by Niek de Ligt and Jan Gielen with guest lectures from experienced edible mushroom growers and.....

US (AZ): Yuma Area Ag Council enlightens officials about ag industry

County Commissioners, City Councilpersons, Mayors, City Managers and other officials from Yuma County will come together this week for a legislative dinner and tour hosted by the Yuma Area Agricultural Council (YAAC).Yuma County is the nation’s third largest vegetable producer. The success of agriculture in.....

UGA students head to NASA for high-tech agriculture internships

From the greenhouse to space

When the public thinks of NASA, the first images that come to mind are often rockets or satellites. In the future, images of greenhouses might also make the list.This spring, University of Georgia undergraduate students Ruqayah Bhuiyan and Niki Padgett will head to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for.....

6 things you need to know about potassium in aquaponics

When it comes to interesting (and frustrating) nutrients in aquaponic systems, potassium takes the cake. Potassium is the most commonly deficient nutrient by far (9 out of 10 are a potassium deficiency). But that’s not all—potassium also has a complicated relationship with other nutrients in the system,.....

UK: Inventor wins UN award for hydroponic growbag

Young British inventor Adam Dixon has won the UK’s inaugural Young Champion of the Earth prize for his horticultural innovation to tackle food insecurity and habitat loss.Adam, 25, who graduated from Cardiff University’s School of Engineering in 2015, has developed Phytoponics - a hydroponic growing system.....

BVT reports on successful blueberry trial with honey bee dispenser

Bee Vectoring Technologies announces successful trial results in blueberries.The trial was conducted near Parrsborough, Nova Scotia, Canada in low bush blueberries with the Wild Blueberry Research Program at Dalhousie University using BVT’s newly developed honeybee system, consisting of a honey bee hive with.....

UK: Grant scheme to boost productivity across Shropshire farms & food processors

Farmers and food processors in Shropshire are invited to apply for a new £40m fund to invest in new equipment and machinery and improve productivity using new technology. As was explained onshropshirelive.com.These could include introducing robotic equipment and systems to aid crop production, the use of.....

CFAES helps increase agricultural productivity in Tanzania

In Tanzania, more than three-quarters of the labour force works in agriculture, most of them farmers with five or fewer acres who weed by hand and strap pesticide tanks to their backs to stop the myriad insects from devouring their crops. Dirt roads far outnumber paved ones.In the fields of Tanzania and the.....

Vietnam: High demand in training of high-tech agriculture

Advanced training programmes are needed to improve human resources working in the high-tech agriculture sector in Vietnam.The national plan to develop human resources in the 2011-20 period has targeted increasing trained employees in the agriculture and forestry sectors to 50 per cent by 2020 from 15.5 per.....

NL: RHP debuts video about quality mark substrates

Quality of growing media matters. In this video about the RHP quality mark the European knowledge centre for growing media explains in a few minutes why RHP substrates are the basis for an optimal start of your culture.System chain controlRHP has developed a unique system for quality control throughout the.....

Zimbabwe urged to seek new ways to foster growth in horticulture

Zimbabwe should invest further into finding ways to foster growth of the horticulture sector if they want it to continue being the country's second largest foreign currency earner tells Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Ringson Chitsiko.He told this.....

Spain gets first salicornia plantation

Manuel Díaz and Demófilo Vitorique, two young entrepreneurs from Isla Cristina, in Huelva, have set up the first salicornia (popularly known as "sea asparagus") plantation in Spain. The initiative has been put into motion after five years of research.According to its promoters, salicornia is a halophyte.....

US: Web tool helps South Carolina, Florida strawberry growers

Strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens, a new University of Florida study shows.That’s good news as Florida’s strawberry growers start a new season. Strawberries pack a powerful economic punch.....

lighted cultivation

Dutch growers start year-round production eggplants

Dutch grower Purple Pride now offers high-quality eggplants in the winter season. The cultivation site in Dinteloord has for this purpose reserved 7,000 m2 of space for lighted cultivation. It is expected that more than 100,000 kg of eggplants will be harvested here during this winter season. Until.....

Jobs for Syrian refugees through innovation in horticulture in Lebanon

Water in Lebanon is scarce and accordingly it becomes increasingly difficult to get sufficient water of acceptable quality. This spring a project has been launched to increase water use efficiency in horticulture and to increase production levels. This project contributes to a more sustainable food supply.....

18 pound cabbage wins Ontario competition

Tradition runs deep at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, and the Creighton family is part of the past, present and, hopefully, the future.Marvin Creighton Jr. is a market gardener in Waterdown, Ontario. This year at the Royal, he won the Woodville Farms Award for the heaviest cabbage. “I just went out into.....

February 1, Bleiswijk

Netherlands: International Workshop on Natural light & Covering materials

Wageningen University & Research Greenhouse Horticulture organises the workshop "Natural light & Covering materials" for international participants. Target group are companies (supply industry and growers) active in the field or interested in the topic. The workshop will focus on the following.....

Earthworms can reproduce in Mars soil simulant

Two young worms are the first offspring in a Mars soil experiment at Wageningen University & Research. Biologist Wieger Wamelink found them in a Mars soil simulant that he obtained from NASA. At the start he only added adult worms. The experiments are crucial in the study that aims to determine whether.....

Taiwan offer agri assistance to Tuvalu, Marshall & Solomon Islands

Since President Tsai Ying-wen's last visit to the Marshall Islands around a month ago, Taiwan's strengthened efforts to provide agricultural and livestock assistance there, and to other allied nations in the south Pacific, have so far proved fruitful, reports.At the end of October through early November,.....

Chilean horticulture inspires Californians

Chile is a perfect climate analogue to California with its own central valley and an abundance of specialty crops. Like California, it relies on snow melt to irrigate crops, it produces world-famous wines, and it supports vibrant cities like Santiago, the capital. Chile has been identified by the.....

ISHS, Horti ASIA to provide knowledge platform for Asian horticulture

VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific Co., Ltd., the organizer of ‘Horti ASIA’ has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) to pave the way for collaborative education and to provide a knowledge platform for the horticultural industry in Asia. This.....

Jordan: Hydroponic systems set up in Sweilma village

The village of Sweilma in northern Jordan launched its first hydroponics and community garden in the presence of representatives from the National Centre for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), a FAO statement said. With the support of the FAO, NCARE.....

Morocco to launch 110 projects worth $176M to boost agriculture

A total of 110 new projects covering the twelve regions of Morocco have been programmed for the year 2018 under the Pillar II of the "Plan Maroc Vert" (Green Morocco Plan-PMV), said, Friday, minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch.The overall budget for these.....
Leadership4Agriculture (L4Ag) Forum:

African officials plan actions to drive agricultural transformation

The African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with Initiative for Global Development (IGD) and Grow Africa is organising the first high-level convening, Leadership4Agriculture (L4Ag) Forum, on November 28 at the AfDB headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.The invitation-only L4Ag Forum, supported by.....

Dominica plants 130,000 new seedlings to redevelop production after Hurricane Maria

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is supporting the work of the OECS Commission’s Agricultural Unit to help redevelop Dominica’s food production sector which was left decimated with the passage of Hurricane Maria.To date in excess of 130,000 seedlings have been planted in.....

Fiji: Heavy rain spoils veg crops causing early harvest

While rice farmers in the Northern Division are enjoying the current rainy condition, some vegetable farmers say the downpour is excessive because it is spoiling their crops.Mahendra Kumar, 51, of Bulileka in Labasa said about 1000 of his English cabbage, Chinese cabbage, tomatoes and bean plants were.....

Global warming potential, variable costs and water use of young plant production

In a new study, the components for two production systems for young foliage plants in 72-count propagation trays were analyzed using life cycle assessment (LCA) procedures. The systems differed by greenhouse type, bench size and arrangement, rainwater capture, .....

US (NY): Cornell group explores future of indoor farming

Indoor farming entrepreneurs and experts came to Cornell in early November with a goal: leverage the innovation at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to create viable businesses for local vegetables and produce grown indoors.Known as controlled environment agriculture (CEA), the systems combine.....

Hydroponic and aquaponics designs: an overview

There are two categories of hydroponic systems: aggregate and non-aggregate. Non-aggregate hydroponic systems are designed to support plants with their roots hanging into the nutrient solution. Aggregate hydroponic systems use substrates to provide support for the plants. In aggregate hydroponics, the.....

University of Queensland launches Centre for Horticultural Science

A new Centre for Horticultural Science will be launched at The University of Queensland in 2018 to respond to the demand for plant-based foods, vegetables, fruit and nuts that improve human health.UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the centre would build on the ability of UQ’s.....

Georgian delegation visits modern greenhouses in Israel

The Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, Levan Davitashvili, has paid a working visit to Israel. Within the visit, Levan Davitashvili and the Georgian delegation visited modern greenhouse farms likeTeshuva Agricultural Projectsand met with the heads of the largest agricultural companies of Israel.Levan.....

US (AZ): University of Arizona offers savings for CEAC workshops

The University of Arizona will offer Tomato & Lettuce Intensive Workshops at the start of 2018.The Tomato Workshop will be offered January 3rd (9am) - 7th (5pm)On the evening of Jan 6th CEAC will host a dinner with keynote speaker (6pm-8pm)Rate - $1,195.00 USD. Discount available for Veterans &.....

Israeli Minister signs agreement to bring agricultural technologies to Africa

During a visit to the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C., Israel’s Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen signed an agreement with the World Bank to bring Israeli agricultural technologies to Africa.The agreements will focus on ICT, water, and agriculture to encourage developing countries to.....

Potential for using brackish water in an aquaponic system

A poster presented at the Drylands, Deserts and Desertification conference (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 6-9 November 2017) reported the results of an experiment to test the suitability of different plant species for aquaponics systems using brackish water. Plant growth was excellent for.....

New York awards $1.1M in speciality crop grants

Last week, New York Ag Commissioner Richard Ball announced nearly $1.1 million has been awarded for nine projects to strengthen New York agriculture through research, grower education and promotional marketing of the state’s speciality crops.Funding came via a pass-through from USDA’s Speciality Crop Block.....

"Efficient water use priority for Iran"

The agricultural sector in Iran is struggling with a big shortage of fresh water. Salinization of agricultural land also inhibits agricultural development in the country. For Dutch companies with knowledge of efficient agricultural water use, there are certainly opportunities in Iran. That is what.....

Three million plants of Pir5 strawberries in Brazil

The harvesting of Italian strawberry variety Pir5 is in full swing in Brazil. Three million plants have been planted against the 600,000 of last year. Potentially, licencees have calculated an increase of up to 20 million plants over the next few years."The development plan is rather interesting, especially.....

What are the optimum nutrient levels for hydroponic edible crops?

How much different is it growing edible crops organically than it is with conventional production inputs? Hort Americas special projects manager Tyler Baras is studying the differences in trying to grow organically versus using conventional production methods.Baras has been doing organic production research.....

USAID to help Pakistan's chili sector become more competitive globally

The U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD), along with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and Government of Sindh held a conference in Karachi that brought together public-private stakeholders to discuss issues and challenges pertaining to Pakistan’s chili.....