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Zambia: Ministry of Defence partners with Indian seed supplier

The Zambian ministry of Defence is keen to actualise President Edgar Lungu’s directive to venture into agriculture to contribute to national food security, Permanent Secretary Stardy Mwale has said.“My Ministry is, therefore, considering to work with Prasad Seeds of India, through a joint venture or public.....

US (MI): Homespun seed catalog specializes in heirloom vegetables

Julie Slezak says heirloom vegetables changed her diet and garden. Now she wants them to change your garden and diet.Slezak and her husband, Scott, are the owners Annie's Heirloom Seeds, a homespun catalog and website that ardently preaches the benefits of non-GMO heirloom vegetables over hybrids.Over the.....

New range of rocket varieties

As a major player in the baby leaf segment, for the past decade Rijk Zwaan has been harbouring a desire to add rocket to its assortment – and it is now turning that desire into reality. This year, the vegetable breeding company is launching a range of rocket varieties under the Rocketeerz label.Rijk Zwaan.....

Bejo and Limagrain announce licensing deal on traits in vegetables

Bejo and Limagrain, through its listed company Vilmorin & Cie, have signed an agreement for the exchange of non-exclusive licenses for patented traits in vegetables. This exchange will enable the two vegetable breeding companies to strengthen their innovative capacities and introduce improved varieties.....

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China: "Frost protection fleece reduces labour costs"

"In recent years, as the awareness for environmental protection increased, non-woven fabrics have become vital in agriculture, because they can preserve heat better, and ventilate well. This reduces the production costs, and improves the product quality. Compared to developed western countries, China has.....

Take a peek at Kekkilä's production facility

VIDEO Kekkilä Professional develops and produces high-quality growing solutions for professional growers. How they do that exactly was a topic asked often at the IPM in Essen. Fortunately they also have an answer to it. The route of the substrate and fertilizers is shown in the new Kekkilä video. Kekkilä.....

Australia: Seed processing plant to create export opportunities

Australian seed producer South Pacific Seeds will construct a specialised processing plant to help develop its Asian and European export markets.The new AU$2.9 million plant in Naracoote, South Australia, is part of a total investment of $5.4, which includes a $300,000 South Australian Government Regional.....

Seiwa Co., Ltd. exclusive distributor Japan for Mardenkro

As from October 2017, Mardenkro has made an exclusive agreement with Seiwa Company to distribute the ReduSystems products in the Japanese market.Mardenkro has been present in Japan for many years already and sees new opportunities with Seiwa to further explore the Japanese horticulture.Yuki Miyashita of.....

Taco van der Louw, FreshRecruitment:

“Fresh produce companies should look outside the sector for candidates more often”

The labour market in the fresh produce sector is currently characterised by an enormous scarcity. “There’s an enormous amount of vacancies, many people dare to take the step to another employer again and January is always a busy period in that respect. It’s sometimes even a bit like the Wild West. The.....

Italy: Tecnoplant is leader in the nursery sector

"Investing in agriculture does involve a few risks, but my brothers and I managed to identify the needs of the professional nursery business and have become a point of reference for agriculture in central-south Sicily," explains Domenico Graci, agronomist and entrepreneur. His company Tecnoplant S.S. Vivaio.....

International collaboration leads to new TC transplantation method

In a joint effort to modernise tissue culture transplanting, Majestic Youngplants from Australia, BOCK Bio Science from Germany, and TTA from the Netherlands introduced a transplanting method for the tissue culture market. The outcome of this collaboration boosts average nursery capacities from 3,500 tissue.....
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Spain: Shortage of labourers for the berry harvest

José Luis García-Palacios, president of the Interprofessional Association of Andalusian Strawberry Producers (Interfresa), which brings Asaja Huelva, Freshuelva and Cooperativas Agroalimentarias de Andalucía-Huelva together, said this Monday that some companies and producers are likely "to suffer a shortage.....

Diego Camacho

"Despite the hail storm we managed to grow 310 pieces per m2"

Village Farms in Monahans (Texas) produced 310 cucumbers per m2 with the variety Verdon RZ from Dutch-based breeding company Rijk Zwaan in 2017. Village Farms has been growing Verdon as standard variety for more than 3 years now. The crops in the 12 ha greenhouses are successfully managed by Diego Camacho.....

Hummert International 2018-19 horticulture supply catalog now available

Hummert International, a worldwide distributor of professional horticulture supplies and equipment, announced today the release of their horticulture supply catalog.The 2018-19 catalog features over 800 pages of horticulture products and information that serve every sector of the horticulture industry. With.....