Photo Report International Soft Fruit Conference 2017
A lot of things currently happen in the global soft fruit industry. The overall production acreage increases and innovations are introduced at a rapid pace. This was also reflected at the International Soft Fruit Conference in Den Bosch, Holland last week.
A closer look at EFTE films:
Smart cover material combines the best of glass and polyethylene
When making plans for a new greenhouse, one of the first things to determine is the principle design and its cover material. Often growers are weighing the odds between two materials; glass or polyethylene. But did you know that there is also a third material that combines the best of both.
Peppers can be grown without minimum pipe
A Dutch trial on Next Generation Growing has shown it's possible to grow 34 kg/m2 peppers using 16.8 m3 gas. "I was very skeptical about the goals set in advance, but we cleared those amply," says Stefan Hendriks of Delphy. "The trial showed we can grow without minimum pipe.
Walter Goesten: “Retail not responding!”
Europe gripped by sky-high vegetable prices
There is currently a very scarce supply of vegetables, and prices are sky-high. Due to the cold in southern countries, and minimal supply in Belgium and the Netherlands, various vegetable shelves in supermarkets are bare. Today, we received an update from Spain and other European countries about this bizarre situation.
Photo Report: Room for growth sets positive tone at Sival in Angers
A vivid and positive atmosphere provided the backdrop for a well visited edition of the Sival exhibition in Angers this week. The attendance of the 23,000 visitors from 22 countries reflected the potential and situation that the French industry is currently in.
Tomato grower Jean-René Briand:
France: Taking market advantage in darker months
As a producer of vine and loose tomatoes, now with 4 hectares under glass, Jean-René Briand is an innovative grower. During the summer of 2016, he set up 8000 m² of greenhouses with light from sodium lamps (HPS) combined with LED lighting, from the company Hortilux.
Large Russian greenhouse files for bankruptcy
The recent bankruptcy of Evrika, one of the largest greenhouse complexes in Northwest Russia, once again shows that Russia needs more than just greenhouses and natural gas to become self sufficient. The history of Evrika (Russian for 'Eureka') has been marked by financial difficulties and bankruptcy.