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Escalated greenhouse prices slow down construction in Europe's vegetable garden

Almeria is the area in Europe with the highest concentration of greenhouses for intensive agriculture. However, the construction of new facilities has practically come to a standstill in the province. According to the installation companies, this slowdown is due to the escalation in prices there's been…

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New dates for GreenTech Americas: 24–26 August 2021

Due to more favorable event days, GreenTech Americas will be moved from Sunday 15–Tuesday 17 August to Tuesday 24–Thursday 26 August. The first spin-off of GreenTech will be…

Australia: Victoria lockdown came in the middle of replanting season

Until two weeks ago, the state of Victoria had enjoyed a prolonged COVID-free period and the associated freedoms that accompany it. This even saw crowds of up to 85,000 at the MCG for Australian rules football games. However, that all changed when a positive covid test was returned on a gentleman who had…

Taks Handling Systems supplies expansion of the Schenkeveld packaging line

"Good relationship does not automatically guarantee a good assignment"

Tomato grower Schenkeveld chooses Taks Handling Systems again for the expansion of its packaging line. Schenkeveld is building a 44-hectare greenhouse complex in Rijsenhout, the Netherlands, with a greenhouse in each wind direction. Phase 3 'South' and Phase 4 'West' are now under construction. The total…

Roger Horak - OZblu®

"For fruit to be on the water for 51 days and still be sold as a premium product is unheard of"

United Exports recently announced that a container of fresh OZblu® blueberries transited the Pacific ocean – from the port of Manzanillo in Mexico to the port of Hong Kong – spending 51 days at sea and arriving fresh and ready for sale in Hong Kong, on 20 May 2021. This was one of several containers sent…

AgriTech New Zealand appoints two new Executive Council members

AgriTech New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of Kylie Horomia and Maria Jose Alvarez to the Executive Council, further supporting the organization's goals. “As a member-funded organization, we are conscious of having an Executive that brings a wide range of skills, experience, and…

"Container loader gives a lot of flexibility in handling stone wool blocks".

More and more cultivation is taking place in containers. This is an existing development, mainly used in ornamental plant cultivation, but now more and more vegetable fruit growers are also heading in this direction. "The container gardens, which you may be familiar with from potted plants, are…

The top 10 tomato exporting countries in the world in 2020

Mexico, the Netherlands, and Spain were the leading exporters of tomatoes in 2020. Mexico's tomato exports amounted to 2.61 billion. It was followed by the Netherlands, with…

Six MOU’s signed in Dutch horticulture mission to Kazakhstan

Last week, the Dutch horticultural trade mission to Kazakhstan co-organized by Dutch Greenhouse Delta (DGD), took place. The program included a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Mamin and a round table with Kazakhstani business, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of the…

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Korea: Robot makes commercial debut to reduce farmers workload

A homemade smart farm robot capable of moving through a connected farm for pest control, carry crops, and lift heavy objects made its commercial debut in South Korea. The autonomous robot can be guided by magnetic wires laid about 20 centimeters (7.8 inches) below the ground. It is more manageable than…

Tim O'Malley - Nationwide Produce

"Perfectly good graded and packed fresh produce is being dumped"

A shocking headline….but true. The acute shortage of HGV drivers is now the direct cause of perfectly good, graded and packed fresh produce being dumped or rotting in cold…

Building a sustainable crop protection business

Belchim Crop Protection acquired by Japanese company

Mitsui & Co. has completed its acquisition of Belchim Crop Protection following the transfer of the remaining 32% of shares held by Belchim Management NV/SA. Mitsui’s holding…

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The International Taste Institute distinguished the Spanish firm's fresh tomato juice, flavored tomato juice, and guacamole

Three products from Bonnysa were awarded the Superior Taste Award

Bonnysa participated with three products in the recent tasting carried out by the International Taste Institute and all of them were awarded the Superior Taste Award. The company's classic fresh tomato juice flavor, freshness, and differential flavor achieved high scores in the tasting and was awarded…

Specialty raspberries and strawberries return for summer

This summer, Driscoll’s will help berry lovers kick off a sweet season with the return of Rosé Berries™ – blush-colored strawberries and raspberries – and its Sweetest Batch™ strawberries and raspberries, each selected for their extra-sweet flavor profiles. Available in both strawberry and raspberry…

CEO Joe Pezzini to step down from Ocean Mist Farms

Ocean Mist Farms has announced that CEO/President, Joe Pezzini will step down from this role effective June 30, 2021. Mr. Pezzini has been a consistent face and voice of this…

Sakata Seed America welcomes new melon breeder

Sakata Seed America recently welcomed Mark Frahm to its growing research and development team as the company’s melon breeder. Mark joins a team of passionate and innovative…

APS Produce

UK tomato grower welcomes Aldi deal

A tomato grower from Cheshire has welcomed the impact of its partnership with Aldi. APS Produce started supplying goods to the supermarket in 2010. Now it delivers more than…

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Positive feedback for Basilicata strawberries, with harvests up until mid-July

"Strawberries arriving these days from Basilicata are fresh, tasty and with a juicy texture. Despite the wide availability of summer fruit on the market, sales are doing well," said Raffaele Antonelli from the CAR (Rome's agri-food center). "The shelf life ranges between three and four days, if kept in…

Pakistan imported $543.95 mln worth of leguminous vegetables in ten months

In the 10 months of the current financial year, the import of pulses or leguminous vegetables into Pakistan grew by 10.46 percent year-on-year. During the period July-April…

United Fresh responds to announcement on addressing food insecurity

Following the USDA’s announcement on addressing food insecurity, Robert Guenther, United Fresh's SVP of policy, made this statement: “United Fresh Produce Association and our…

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Hydroponic pepper farm expands in India

Triangle Farms, which has set up a hydroponics farm in Zaheerabad, has plans to set up more farms in Telangana. Currently, it is operating in about 32 acres with a greenhouse facility with a retractable roof system spanning 18 acres. “We have a landbank of about 160 acres at Zaheerabad. In phase 2, we…

Kazakhstan stops the import of Turkmen vegetable plants for ToBRFV fear

Kazakhstan has imposed a ban on the import of tomato and pepper seedlings from Turkmenistan. The Kazakh state inspection committee introduced the ban on 7 June with the…

Working conditions often appalling

Cheap Asian workers abound on Portuguese farms

In the fields, greenhouses and vineyards near the central Portuguese town of Almeirim, migrant workers from Asia abound. Indians prune vines, Thais pick raspberries, Nepalese harvest broccoli destined for Britain and Pakistanis harvest sweet potatoes for France. According to estimates by civil rights…

Afghanistan: agricultural loans approved by government

In Afghanistan, 255 million AFS agricultural loans have been approved. The meeting of the Supreme Council of  Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) was chaired by Dr. Anwarul Haq Ahady, minister of agriculture and chairman of the supreme council of Agricultural Development Fund. Dr. Aimal Arman, with ADF directors,…

HortNZ welcomes extension of working holiday visas

Horticulture New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s decision to extend Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) and Working Holiday visas by six months.  ‘We’re pleased this decision has finally come out as we are losing workers on these visas to Australia,’ says HortNZ Chief Executive, Mike Chapman.  ‘The horticulture…

Farming UK

UK: Grower says farming "better off" without subsidies

A Northumberland grower says he wants farming to 'stand on its own two feet' as the industry could be 'much better off' without subsidies. Pip Robson, who runs a mixed farm of 800 hectares, said farmers should view the reduction in direct payments as a 'real opportunity'. The grower made the comments…

Northeast Ohio: Despite the rain, strawberries are ready for picking

They’re ripe, red, and ready for picking at Fitch’s Farm in Avon. “It’s honestly the best strawberry crop I’ve ever seen,” said Adam Fitch. “I don’t know what it is, we just…


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