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Monday, November 29, 2021

Photo report: Growtech Antalya 2021

An aerial photo of the Antalya Province, located in the south west of Turkey, shows greenhouses as far as you can see; smaller and bigger, low-tech and high-tech greenhouses, growing tomatoes, peppers, flowers like carnations, and exotic products like bananas and dragon fruit. It is no wonder Growtech,…

"Producing a kilo of tomato costs 75 to 80 cents but is only sold for 55 cents"

More than 500 Spanish fruit and vegetable producers request aid

More than 500 farmers in the fruit and vegetable sector, mainly from Almeria, gathered last week in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and…

Productizing AI – embedding your model

When productizing AI, there are numerous challenges you can encounter, such as how to apply your AI model to a process or people, stabilizing data and models, how to keep your model accurate in changing environments and over time, scaling, and how to grow or augment the capabilities of your AI model.  Embedding…

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Stable semi-transparent solar modules and panels for greenhouse application

Scientists are driven to research green and smart solutions in terms of the use of renewable energy sources and low polluting technologies. In this framework, photovoltaic (PV) technology is one of the most worthy of interest. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are innovative PV devices known for their…

Fruit Logistica postponed to 5-7 April 2022

The fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic is worsening the situation in many European countries. At the same time, the industry's wish to meet in person remains unwaveringly…

Fortuna Frutos turns 40

Canary Island tomato specialist expands client base and range

Fortuna Frutos is celebrating. This week, 40 years ago today, Ger Slobbe opened his own sales office for a few Canary Island tomato suppliers, which was still called Fortuna Fruits Continental back then. Slobbe chose to have his own office in the Netherlands, so he could have a better handle on quality…

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CAN: Horticulture student experiences both loss and hope in the aftermath of flood

Gagan Khakh traveled by tractor the first time he returned to his family’s farm on the Sumas Prairie after being evacuated 48 hours earlier. A truck wouldn’t have cut it. Catastrophic flooding had not only forced road closures in all directions but had also displaced hundreds of farmers and residents in…

Can electricity be used to reduce water hardness in hydroponics?

Beginning hydroponic growers are faced with large amounts of information when first getting started, which can pose a significant barrier to entry. One such product claim, which has found its way to the Iowa Supreme Court, involves a non-chemical process called electromagnetic water treatment (EWT).…

CPMA disappointed about trade show overlap with Fruit Logistica Berlin

After a 2-year hiatus due to Covid, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) is very much looking forward to holding an in-person event in Montreal from April 5-7, 2022. These dates were secured a few years ago, and for many years, the organization’s annual event has been held this time of year.…

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Finland vegetable producer expands operations with hybrid lighting solution

Tamsin is expanding its operations by roughly 0.5 hectares. The new growing area is lit with a hybrid lighting solution developed by Netled that comprises 50% Netled Overhead 550W LED luminaires and 50% 1000W High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamps. Tamsin already has roughly 2 hectares of land under…

ToBRFV in Saudia Arabia & Iran

In Iran, symptoms resembling those of tomato brown rugose fruit virus were first observed in August 2021 in tomato plants (Solanum lycopersicum) grown in a greenhouse in Isfahan province. The plants had been grown from imported seed. The identity of the virus was confirmed by RT-PCR. All plants were removed and destroyed In…

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Chatham greenhouse gets $90K fine for industrial accident

A Chatham greenhouse where a young woman was critically injured in an industrial accident almost two years ago has been fined nearly $90,000 after pleading guilty to charges contrary to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Crown Attorney Judy Chan said Truly Green failed to provide information,…

NL: Dry fog helps to deliver fair priced and high-quality produce

“I was inspired by what I saw myself in the Amazon, how orchids grow in a natural dry-mist, and I wanted to apply that to food,” says Laurens Trebes, Founder and CEO of UrbanPonics. “I found the way horticulture is going now, with tasteless products that are pumped full of water, shocking, and I wanted…

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Peri-urban biosecurity focus for vegetable growers in Australia

In the Australian spring 2021, the AUSVEG-facilitated Peri-Urban Biosecurity Program held three workshops to update vegetable growers on current pest and disease threats, as well as provide biosecurity advice and discuss the latest R&D activities in this space.  The AUSVEG-facilitated Peri-Urban Biosecurity…

Italy pays tribute to its crops by issuing stamps dedicated to 15 food products

On 20 November 2021, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development issued fifteen stamps dedicated to protected origin designation fruit and vegetables. The stamps have a price of €0.25. Stamp characteristics                                                                        The stamps have been printed by the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato SpA, in white, neutral coated, self-adhesive, non-fluorescent rotogravure paper; weight: 90 g/sqm; support: white, one-sided, 80 gsm Kraft paper; adhesive: water-based acrylic type, distributed in quantities of 20 gsm (dry); sheet size 40 x 48 mm; print size: 38 x 46 mm; tracing size: 47 x 54 mm; perforation: 9 made by die-cutting; colors: six. The print edition is of 100,000 sheets,…

Vertical Farm Systems secures $55 million contract with Canadian grower

“We’ve been working on this deal for 2-3 years to get the right solution for the growers. We’re now on our way to delivering by June next year,” says John Leslie, executive director and design engineer at Vertical Farm Systems, an agtech provider based in Queensland, Australia. Vertical Farm Systems was…

AUSVEG continues strategic partnership with Bayer

Bayer has reaffirmed its support for the Australian vegetable industry by continuing its Strategic Partnership with AUSVEG, which continues to deliver benefits for Australian growers. This partnership, which was first signed in 2009 and has been renewed regularly for more than a decade, helps the two…


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