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"Whistling to work every day" transporting vegetable plants

Just back from Berlin, Eric tells with a smile on his face about working as a truck driver at Beekenkamp: “I have been working at Beekenkamp for 15 years now, which seems like a very long time, but you should compare it with my other driver colleagues! There are only 2 truck drivers who work here a…

"Air pruning containers offer labor and health benefits as well"

Airtray Technology by Blackmore Co is showcasing this unique yet simple labor reducing system at IPM 2020 in Essen with European partners Floor van Schaik and Ellepot out of Denmark. The Airtray technology will be shown at booth Hall 6, Stand 6C36 with the company Floor van Schaik. Airtray is the patented…

Iran launches production of vegetable seeds

Iran has launched the production of vegetable seeds, according to the Agriculture Ministry’s caretaker, Abbas Keshavarz. Keshavarz noted that 29 million tons of different…

Visiting Alumat Zeeman, the ‘well known unknown’

"Horticulture is not lacking a distinctive character"

It’s been five years since Bert Strikkers became co-owner of Alumat Zeeman. Together with Hans Zeeman, third generation in the family business, he now runs the well-known but also unknown company. Bert Strikkers and Hans Zeeman at their office Bert comes from outside horticulture and sometimes takes a slightly…

A look inside Plantenkwekerij P. van Geest, where hydrangea propagation has also started

"Busy times with the delivery of vegetable plants these weeks"

Supplying vegetable plants nowadays is an (almost) year-round activity. "Every week we have plants ready for delivery to someone," says General Director Thijs Hermans of Plantenkwekerij P. van Geest. "In week 1-3, among other things, it is always very busy with the delivery of vegetable plants." In…

East-West Seed looking to establish itself in Africa

Simon Groot, vegetable seed breeder from Enkhuizen and winner of the World Food Prize, visited WUR recently. In meeting centre Impulse, he explained to the audience of 200 how his company East-West Seed grew to be the leading seed breeding company in South-East Asia. Essential to Groot’s success was his…

"busier than ever in the workplace"

Greenhouse fan manufacturer ensures dark nights

Greenhouse horticulture is showing increasing interest in fans. There is also a lot of interest from abroad, producer Hinova reports at the start of the new year. "It is busier than ever before in the workplace and that will not change for the time being." Jan Willem van Ostaay and Hans Weisbeek Earlier…

Uzbeki growers attend Cucumber and Tomato Field Day

The Sakata team welcomed more than 55 visitors from the Buhara, Navoi and Horezm regions to present the new Beit Alpha cucumber and pink indeterminate tomatoes for the hot to cold season in the region. The field day took place December 23 in the Buhara region, one of the key areas for Beit Alpha cucumber…

Svensson introduces

2020: the Year of the Grower

In line with tradition, Svensson released a film during the festive period. Not a Christmas film this time but a New Year’s film. Svensson proudly presents ‘2020: Year of the Grower’. Its message goes well beyond New Year’s wishes. It also sees Svensson announcing that the film is just one part of what is planned for 2020 within…

Joost Hovens (Cindro):

"Improper cleaning and disinfecting results every year in stronger, more resistant bacteria and fungi"

Crop rotations are the perfect moment to optimize hygiene at a cultivation company. Taking care of the entire water system is certainly part of that. The most important source of pollution in water systems is biofilm. Persistent pollution that requires a good approach, during but certainly also after the crop rotation, says Joost Hovens from Cindro. "Every grower know…

Haket turns 40: "The market is sometimes fickle, but we are stable"

Some milestones simply cannot be ignored. The Haket brothers of the horticultural supplier of the same name from Wateringen thought so too. “We are proud of our company and our employees and we wanted to show this. We celebrated the anniversary in the form of a company weekend with the staff, and with…

Incotec launches advanced tomato seed priming

Helping take the guesswork out of raising tomato plants

Can you synchronise the development of the seedlings from a seed lot? Incotec’s new Promotor Premium priming for all tomato cultivars delivers faster and more uniform germination. Fast emergence to accelerate the process of tomato plant production; uniform emergence to help align subsequent stages of…

"A world player like Westland cannot be lacking on this world stage"

Dutch horticulture companies active in China

Westland horticultural companies and alderman Zwinkels have taken part in a trade mission from the province of South Holland, the Netherlands to China from 16 to 23 November. The aim was to bring Westland greenhouse horticulture companies into contact with business relations in a number of Chinese…

Hazera appoints Nicolas Tinel as new CEO

With his appointment as Hazera’s new CEO, Nicolas Tinel is ‘the right man for the job’ because of his twenty years of experience at Limagrain, one of the largest seed companies in the world. Nicolas will take time to visit all the divisions and listen to what people have to say. “For the time being, my…

Carel Zwinkels says goodbye with 40 years of horticultural techniques on the counter

“A grower needs to keep on developing in order to stay afloat in this market”

He started his career in the world of cars, but soon found himself hooked on horticultural techniques. Carel Zwinkels recently waved goodbye to AAB nl, but it can’t be called a real farewell. “I have almost 40 years of horticultural techniques on the counter. I will keep on following the developments in…

Harm Maters looks back at the AVAG presidency

"Strong companies unite"

‘Top-level entrepreneurs’ is what Harm Maters calls the greenhouse builders and technology companies that he has represented during the past sixteen years as chairman of AVAG. The sector is united in this club in which the competition can be felt clearly. How does he look back at his presidency term? As a grower's son, Harm has always been involved in the sector. He attended the advanced horticultural…

Stolze Mexico has been around since 2012

"We could start working with 12 hectares of greenhouse heating right away”

Fifty years ago, Teun Stolze started his company in the Dutch town of Maasdijk, and his customers were all located in the Dutch Westland. Back then, he couldn’t have imagined that fifty years later, Stolze would be working globally and even have locations abroad. Among others, Stolze has a location in…

OASIS Grower Solutions moves Florida manufacturing

To gear up for 2020, OASIS Grower Solutions has moved its Florida offices and manufacturing from Mt. Dora to a much larger and more modern facility at 5454 Foliage Way, in Apopka, Florida. This new facility gives the company 30% more space, providing for anticipated growth in the southern region of the…

Boosting the value of processing tomatoes with by-products

Facing rising production costs and market challenges, the Australian processing tomato industry needs to identify new uses for waste streams to generate greater value and profitability from current production. That’s a key observation from 2018 Nuffield Scholar and Victorian processing tomato producer,…

Turkish greenhouse construction company goes international

Serasan Greenhouse Construction company President Hasan Yildirim had started his career in 1994 as a worker in an iron and steel manufacturer and now he is the owner of one of the fastest-growing greenhouse construction companies in Turkey. After attending numerous courses and training programs about…

Erik de Smalen of Royal Brinkman España:

"Spain must take ToBRFV seriously to prevent tomato cultivation from being threatened"

This spring there were already rumors and now, at the start of the Spanish season, it has been confirmed: in Spain too they are dealing with the contagious Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV). "This is going to change cultivation," says Erik de Smalen of Royal Brinkman España. In recent years, the…

"The urge for adventure is in our blood"

That Dutch greenhouse builders are real adventurers, Leo Alleblas can confirm. He has been around in the sector and has traveled a lot. "The current generation does not believe their ears when you tell the stories of the old days. Everything was done by hand." Leo was fourteen years old when he finished…

Henk Verbakel (Havecon Greenhouse construction) was visited by Nu.nl:

"Made in Holland is a definite hit"

Growing a tomato might take serious time, but so does making a greenhouse. In a recently published video of a Dutch news website, a part of the process is shown.  The journalists visited Havecon Horticultural Projects, one of Netherlands biggest greenhouse builders. They opened their new venture this year…

Danish judge condemns calling PLA plant pot biodegradable

Can you call a pot biodegradable when it only composts under very specific circumstances, like in an industrial composting plant? No, says a Danish judge. They forbid the…

US (NJ): Greenhouse at South Plainfield High School coming to fruition

Teachers at South Plainfield High School (SPHS) will soon be able to take their classes outside, offering students the opportunity to learn in a hands-on space. A greenhouse is complete and an outside, sustainable classroom is scheduled to be ready, weather permitting, by spring.  “Our students are in tune…

CAN: Marie-Claude Bibeau is re-appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Marie-Claude Bibeau is re-appointed to her role as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. On behalf of fruit and vegetable farmers across Canada, CHC is please to…

56th Meeting, World Vegetable Center Board of Directors

The World Vegetable Center Board of Directors held its 56th meeting from 11-20 November 2019 at WorldVeg headquarters in Taiwan. The board expressed its profound gratitude to the Government of Taiwan for its tremendous support to WorldVeg in general and for the RIM project at WorldVeg Headquarters in…

New 160 meter factory hall for Hendic

What a length...160 meters. Bas van der Elst is very happy about it. "This is working so well. We are now producing liners in continuous parts of 160 meters. Less lifting is required and we are welding less. That saves on material and benefits the quality." Nicolle Peetoom and Bas van der Elst. Space for…

US (FL): Bee supplier sells out planned Florida allocation to multiple strawberry growers

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. announced it has sold out its planned Florida allocation of commercial bumblebee hives with its proprietary bee delivery system and Vectorite with CR-7. Multiple Florida strawberry growers, including a second top-tier producer to adopt the technology, will be…

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 leak? "From leakages, you learn the most." His house was filled with notes about coupling pieces and sealing profiles - the…

Arjan Pauw, Gavita International:

"3000 luminaires per day with up to 100 people on the floor"

Gavita International completely outgrew its location due to the growing demand for HPS lamps. At the end of 2018, the old production location was replaced by a new, state-of-the-art production facility on the industrial site in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. A beautiful and large new location where it is…

Van der Waay introduces AquaJet

"A ladder alone is no longer sufficient"

Marcel Koolmees and Joost van der Waay In a relatively short period of time, Van der Waay from Hazerswoude, the Netherlands, progressed from contractor to market leader in the building of greenhouse roof cleaners and chalk machines. In the last 10 years, attention for the greenhouse roof has increased. And there are many reasons for this. Because the greenhouses have be…

Water silos are getting stronger...and higher

The larger the diameter of the tank, the lower the tank will be. This was the principle in the world of water silos. It had everything to do with the water pressure becoming too high. However, with current technology, the improved quality of steel, and improved technical calculations, it is possible to…

Tony Bundock visiting India

"Water management one of the biggest challenges for Indian growers"

"One of the biggest challenges for Indian growers is water management. Securing a water supply and having an efficient application system is key to success for many growers." Speaking is Genesis Horticultural Solutions director Tony Bundock. He has just returned to Australia from India, after undertaking…

Dutch blueberry producer adds three license varieties

In 2017, Fairplant from Emmeloord – The Netherlands started producing blueberry plants in-house. Fairplant has recently been able to add three license varieties to the range, namely Draper, Liberty and Aurora. Michigan State University (MSU) has granted Fairplant the licenses. Sales manager Rik Klein explains:…

Long and heavy heating pipes require a ‘sturdy truck’

There is a growing demand for the exportation of heating pipes, as the people at Spraying company R. van der Horst noticed. To make all of that possible the pipes need to be loaded into containers. “That last part is something we do weekly now. And we want to do it in a safe way so we purchased a heavier…

Netherlands: Construction of Trias Westland heat network is progressing well

There is a lot of work going on in the construction of the Trias Westland heating network. Kilometers of steel heat pipes are laid in the Westland, often in straight lines and by means of guided drilling. Yet it occurs that a straight pipe is planned and still an obstacle is encountered. How do you…

Harry Dullemans, founder of Agrolux, keeps developing fixtures

“Never say you’re not there, then they will pass you by”

He doesn’t speak Chinees and his English is shaky at best, but Harry Dullemans, the founder of Agrolux, is still a successful fixture developer. The fact that he is 77 years old doesn’t keep him from his work. In his workshop, he tinkers on new fixtures and the requests for his work keep coming in. “You…


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