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Year overview November 16-30

Protests, expansions and anniversaries, oh my!

In the second half of November, the torrent of expansions showed no signs of letting up. But a lot more happened during those two weeks. There were the protests in Almeria, a number of companies celebrated anniversaries, and there were several trade shows. And again, there was plenty of ToBRFV news, and the US saw an E.coli recall, when it became once again clear that indoor-grown produce is safe.


up to 20,000 Spanish growers protesting
"The sector is suffering from a structural crisis"
Spanish growers are not in their greenhouses today, but are out on the streets. They're raising their voices to get attention for the profitability of their enterprises and…


Almeria, strike of the agricultural sector:
Demonstrations of a magnitude not seen in 30 years
The president of the Union of Independent Agricultural Producers (UAI), Joaquín López, better known by the traditional family name Bernabé, spoke with FreshPlaza a few minutes…


From 2.5 to 23 hectare bell pepper cultivation in New Zealand
A bell pepper nursery called Southern Paprika Limited was founded in New Zealand 20 years ago. It was started as a joint venture between Hamish and Robyn Alexander and the…


Lufa Farms announces expansion
"Montreal will be the home of the world's largest rooftop greenhouse"
Lufa Farms has announced the construction of their fourth commercial rooftop greenhouse, soon to be completed in the borough of Saint-Laurent, Montreal. The greenhouse will…


Mastronardi Produce
Largest single-build greenhouse in North America nears completion
Havecon Horticultural Projects is nearing completion on the construction of Green Empire Farms (GEF), a high-tech greenhouse located in Oneida, NY.  Seven locations. The new industry-leading greenhouse…


Next project: new packaging warehouse
Den Berk Délice continues to build: 10-hectare greenhouse officially opened
"We haven’t built enough yet," Paul van de Mierop told us last December during the opening of a 7 hectares greenhouse. He was clearly telling it as it is, because last weekend…

"double-digit growth of Chinese horticulture"
Codema opens first office in Asia
Today Codema is opening the doors to its new office in Beijing, China. The official and festive opening took take place this weekend already. The office is installed to help…


important development for sector in Southeast Asia and Australia-Pacific region
PB tec acquires Powerplants Australia
On November 22nd, 2019, PB tec acquired all shares of Powerplants Australia through its subsidiary, PB tec Australia. The acquisition was the next logical step in the…


Chinese greenhouse builder celebrates 60 year anniversary
The 60 Year Anniversary celebration of Beijing Agriculture Machinery Bureau and the Beijing Kingpen Greenhouse and 2019 Modern Agriculture Forum was held in BAIC Research…


Protected Cropping Australia turns 30 years old
On Wednesday 27th November, 2019 at 5:30pm – the Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) conducted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and then straight after the meeting went on to…


over 50,000 hectare protected cultivation
Mexico's growth discussed at ExpoAgroalimentaria
"Mexico should take advantage of its trade agreements and the potential of protected horticulture to seek new markets and not be vulnerable to threats like these from US…


photo report expoSE & expoDirekt
Technique in soft fruit helps growers better yields
With 6,700 trade visitors from all over Europe, exhibition duo expoSE and expoDirekt have come to an end at the Karlsruhe trade fair. Many horticultural suppliers participated…


photo report: Global Tomato Congress
Could there be too many tomatoes?
From seed to retail and everything in between. That's the target group of the Global Tomato Congress, that was organised yesterday in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The visitors…


USDA takes action to protect US from Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is taking immediate action to prevent the introduction of tomato brown rugose fruit virus into the United States…

USA responds to ToBRFV
"Consumers should expect steady tomato supplies"
"Consumers should expect steady supplies as farmers and agricultural scientists in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate toward a solution." That's what the…

ToBRFV spreads further in Europe
The next country where ToBRFV is found is Spain. Rafael Sánchez Trujillo, head of the Plant Health Service of the Junta de Andalucía, spoke about finding the virus in an Almeria…


"Ontario-bred tomatoes will benefit growers and consumers"
“There is room for improvement when it comes to yield in Ontario greenhouse tomato production. A lot has been done on the technical side, but on the genetic side Vineland…


Kees de Groot on his career in the greenhouse construction
'We must make something different than others'
When he made his round through the greenhouse with his wife during the open days in the Westland, Kees de Groot was always looking upwards. How are the connections? Is there a…


“Uzbekistan could be to Russia what Almeria is to Europe”
The Uzbekistan greenhouse market is a quickly growing market. The combination of political support and a large potential export market in Russia, means that a lot of growers…


Flooding in the Bologna province
The torrential rain of the past few days damaged various production areas. Bologna, an area producing many vegetables, potatoes and onions, was hit particularly hard.  The Idice…


No suitable plastic covers available in Metaponto
Temperatures are not yet very low, but we need to restore the greenhouses damaged by the weather. Now that the emergency is over, the time has come to replace plastic films,…


E.coli recall in US
FDA: "Greenhouse and indoor grown lettuce safe"
There's only 37 days left on the calendar before 2020 starts, but in the US it might feel like a throwback to 2018. Just like last year, there's a recall of Romaine Lettuce in… 


E.coli recall in US
"Outbreaks like these are another confirmation that the future of the industry will be indoors"
The FDA has not yet linked any specific romaine lettuce grower, supplier, distributor, or brand to the E.coli outbreak in Salinas, California. This week the outbreak has…


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