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Friday, October 23, 2020

"We have barely scratched the surface in the MENA AgTech sector"

"Badia Farms is the first commercial vertical farm to launch in the GCC. We officially started operations in the heart of Dubai in 2016, but the seeds were planted further back. My background is in engineering and banking. I first took the entrepreneurial leap in Saudi Arabia in the hospitality sector by…

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Intra Hydro pure

Clear visualization of biofilm removal from water lines

Plant greenhouses use dripping/irrigation lines or hydroponic systems to provide the plants with sufficient water. However, invisible from the outside, a biofilm may build op on the inner lining of these water systems. Such biofilm may significantly reduce the water flow or even physically clog entire…

Isis de Wit new at Paskal Netherlands:

"Less experienced workers in the greenhouse and the nearing transition to biodegradable products help us grow”

Isis de Wit is convinced with the rise in waste costs, there will come a time growers start using biodegradable products in mass for their cultivation. On the 1st of September, she started working as account manager at Paskal Netherlands. The Israelian supplier of greenhouse accessories and monitoring…

Proplant Propagation continues to expand

Doubling down on biosecurity

After completing a successful summer planting season, Proplant Propagation announces another 5 acre expansion, to be completed in early 2021. In preparation for the expansion the company has doubled down on their biosecurity efforts with the completion of a new, larger and more automated building for cleaning trolleys and…


CAN (ON): DeCloet wins Chamber of Commerce award

The Delhi & District Chamber of Commerce has awarded its 2020 Business of the Year Award to DeCloet Greenhouse Manufacturing. "Ben DeCloet diversified into the greenhouse sector in 1986 and hasn’t looked back. The company is a leader in the design and manufacture of high quality greenhouses covering the…


Sicilian tomatoes challenge northern-European artificial-light productions

After a summer characterized by low prices between July and September, the tomato market recovered from early October onwards. "A few additional hectares or a drop in consumption at the height of summer are enough for production prices to drop. These are recurrent and predictable dynamics, just as it was…

Introducing mini cucumbers into the Nature Sweet communities

"People connecting over food, that’s what it comes down to"

Aiming to become the single source solution for all your produce needs, NatureSweet is expanding its trusted brand to include new products, such as mini cucumbers. In the framework of celebrating 20 years of high wire cucumbers, BASF Vegetable Seeds spoke with Lori Castillo, VP Marketing at Nature Sweet,…


How this indoor vertical farm makes perfect Japanese strawberries

Oishii Berry founder Hiroki Koga combines Japanese strawberry cultivation techniques with the technology of a first-of-its-kind indoor vertical strawberry farm in America to create the highest quality strawberry possible. The engineered berries go through a meticulous growth and monitoring process from…

Henri Schockman (Levarht):

"Positive conclusion for Dutch peppers, cucumbers and aubergines, but tomato season couldn't be saved"

The Dutch greenhouse vegetable season is coming to an end and the Spanish season has started again. Commercial manager Henri Schockman of Levarht provides an update per product on the recent season and the current market situation. "The end result will differ considerably between the Dutch trading…

October 27

Webinar: Winners of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge'2

Wageningen University & Research in collaboration with ISHS and H2020 FoodE project would like to warmly invite you to the webinar Winners of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge’2:…

Jack Ma also checks out strawberry cultivation

On the morning of October 10th and following his visit to the Dezhou high-tech tomato greenhouses, Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, went to Licheng District, Jinan City, to inspect the development of the strawberry industry. The Licheng strawberry industry has been developing since the early 1990s and…

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Kazakhstan: 24.5 thousand tons of greenhouse produce collected in Almaty region

Special attention is being paid to the development of greenhouse complexes in the Almaty region in Kazakhstan. As of today, the majority of such complexes use most…

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Ontario growers notice longer tubers during harvesting

According to Ontario potato specialist Eugenia Banks’ October 5 update, in the Canadian province of Ontario, round varieties for both the fresh and processing markets have…

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Purdue study addresses environmental, economic impacts of hydroponic, aquaponics systems

Aquaponics for the win

Hydroponics and aquaponics offer promise for growing produce and raising fish. But some may be wary of entering the industries because of perceptions about high capital and operational costs and environmental impacts. Purdue University scientists compared the environmental performances of both systems and calculated their…

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Fighting poverty in China with greenhouses

Poverty is a challenge facing all countries and the international community as a whole. Promoting development, eliminating poverty and achieving common prosperity is an ideal that humanity constantly pursues. China has a large poverty-stricken population in the rural areas, making it particularly…

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Micro Farms

US (IN): Vertical farm is on the way up in Nappanee

It's harvest time throughout Michiana. Then again, it's always harvest time at Micro Farms LLC in Nappanee, where growing season for tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and peppers includes every day from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. No matter what the weather is outside, the inside of Micro Farms' futuristic,…

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CAN (PE): Cleanfarms is collecting unwanted agricultural pesticides this fall

This fall, farmers in Prince Edward Island (PEI) can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and old, obsolete livestock and equine medications through a Cleanfarms clean-up program. Cleanfarms is operating the collection events at seven local ag retailer locations from November 2 to 13. “We…

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US (WA): Verisem acquires state-of-the-art vegetable seed processing facility

Verisem North America has acquired a new vegetable seed processing facility in Warden, Washington. The approximately 134,851 square foot state-of-the-art, turnkey facility, which includes 14 buildings and a rail spur over 11.6 acres, enhances Verisem's seed processing capabilities and increases…

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Federal energy efficiency program continues:

Focus on the use of regenerative energies

Agricultural and horticultural businesses can again receive funding from the Federal Energy Efficiency Program. The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is…

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Practical applications of plant biostimulants in greenhouse vegetable crop production

The research interest on plant biostimulant applications in vegetable crop production is gradually increasing and several reports highlight the beneficial effects that such…

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Research collaboration could be ‘game changer’ for polyploid breeders

Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant breeders are collaborating with an international, interdisciplinary group of scientists to enhance a genetics tool set that could be a…

NC State University

US (NC): A special specialty crops breeder

NC State’s Todd Wehner has been breeding better specialty crops, from cucumbers to melons, for over 40 years, and his latest work with stevia could lead to new opportunities for growers in North Carolina and beyond. Wehner is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in NC State University’s…

Machines more »

Up to 150 cauliflowers per minute cut with new machine

The video below features a cauliflower cutting machine that can cut up to 150 cauliflower per minute. The cauliflower are placed directly from the field onto the conveyor belt of the machine that cuts the product into pieces. The video was produced by Sweere Food Processing Equipment.

Packaging more »

ODDBOX expansion plans bear fruit with PODFather

ODDBOX is a British food-waste-fighting fruit & veg box subscription service. It has recently selected PODFather’s fleet management and electronic proof of delivery solution to optimise plans across its rapidly expanding operation. With a fleet of 50 vehicles operating, he ODDBOX team is currently…

Substrates more »

A northern Sri Lankan coco peat factory launches products, helps rebuild community

From war zone to award-winning coconut coir factory

Raj Janan “Janan” grew up in Northern Sri Lanka and fled the country when the civil war broke out in 1984. He met business partner John Tastad back in 2001. Over the years, they’ve started three different ventures together, ranging from technology companies to rebuilding houses after the 2004 Sri Lanka…

Cooling more »

Etihad Cargo launches direct flight between Nairobi and Amsterdam

Etihad Airways is the second-largest airline and flag carrier of the UAE, after Emirates. Its head office is in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, near Abu Dhabi's International Airport. The company commenced operations in November 2003. Etihad Cargo has launched its direct flight between Nairobi and Amsterdam…

Food Safety more »

NSF International honors United Fresh’s Dr. Jennifer McEntire

NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, announced United Fresh Produce Association’s Dr. Jennifer McEntire, Senior Vice President of Food Safety and…

Events more »

Meet the Asia-Pacific innovators shaking up the agri-food system

Accelerating innovation in supply chain resilience, urban food systems, alternative proteins and affordable nutrition, a powerhouse of dynamic early stage start-ups from the…

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Harvest London

"Bring on the post-Brexit vertical farming revolution"

As the UK and the EU stretch out yet another week of “will they or won’t they?” over a trade deal, like a painfully unromantic episode of Neighbours (no jokes about Australian models, please), businesses are not only trying to plan for what happens in January, but also questioning how much we should rely…


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