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Colourful innovations in Sweet Palermo, snack tomatoes and Violet & Luca

Inspiring consumers with a choice of new colours

New colour combinations in fresh produce displays can entice shoppers to choose the healthy option even more frequently. Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan is therefore launching a number of colourful innovations: under the Sweet Palermo brand as well as in snack tomatoes and kohlrabi. Colour is an…

Bayer and Fair Planet renew commitment to improve access to seeds in Ethiopia

Bayer has renewed its commitment to the “Bridging the Seed Gap” project for five years. The project, developed by the non-profit organization Fair Planet, facilitates smallholder farmers’ access to seeds of high-quality vegetable varieties suited to local growing conditions. Additional training on how to…

Foreign workers drop by 5% in Italy

A report from Osservatorio Eban-Nomisma shows that, after many years, the number of foreign workers has finally dropped by 5% in 2017 to 275 thousand. The study illustrates an…

Nigeria to cooperate with the Netherlands on seed development

Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has disclosed plans by the Federal Government to collaborate with the Government of the Netherlands on improved seeds/seedlings to boost food production in the country. The minister disclosed this during a courtesy visit by a…

ASTA applauds international move to streamline phytosanitary system for seed

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) welcomes the decision by the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) to develop a Systems Approach for seed as an Annex to ISPM…

Photos: Powerplants Australian 25 year celebration

Here's a little fact about Marcus van Heijst with Priva Oceania that you didn't know. When racing on Green Machine Trikes, he beats everybody. During the festivities for the 25th celebration of Powerplants Australia, he became the overall winner. The 35 employees of Powerplants, a Australian turnkey…

Myanmar: Modern seed processing facility opens in Yangon

East-West Seed inaugurated a 4,500 square meter commercial seed processing plant, the first of its kind in Myanmar. This investment is seen to contribute significantly to improving the availability and access to quality seeds for the country’s smallholder farmers. The $1.05 million facility (Phase 1) is…

Hazera to expand activities on the Polish seed market

Hazera Poland, a subsidiary of Hazera, part of the Limagrain Group, intends to extend the range of vegetable seeds offered to the Polish customers. A new business plan for operations in Poland includes strengthening Hazera’s collaboration within the Limagrain Group. In view of its distribution of…

October 13-15, Stockholm

Registration open for Euroseeds Congress 2019

The Euroseeds Congress 2019 will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from 13 to 15 October 2019. You can reserve your place and register via the Congress website as of today: www.euroseedscongress.com . Last year in Madrid, more than 1070 participants from all over the world joined. During the section…

Bato Plastics introduces Meterbak Wave Plus

Growing strawberries in ridges, only now in substrate

The cultivation of strawberries is increasingly transferred from open field to cultivation in the greenhouse on substrate. However, this method of cultivation is not feasible for every grower as not all of them are able to build a greenhouse. That is why many growers still grow strawberries in ridges, in…

"A visit to the Retail Center always sparks new ideas"

Since opening in 2017, the Rijk Zwaan Retail Center in Berlin has facilitated inspiration sessions and research programmes with chain partners from all over the world. “We always leave with a head full of new ideas,” says Lenta’s Flip Gitmans. The recipe for the Retail Center’s success is based on…

French growers get acquainted with new cucumber Davida

Davida is the new De Ruiter cucumber variety. With its wide range of resistances, including intermediate resistance to CGMMV and CMV and high resistance to powdery mildew, its high yield potential and good fruit quality, Davida is a reliable and enduring variety, ideal for a second crop in "umbrella" or…

fighting Pythium and biofilm in your irrigation system

UK: "More sustainable operation by increasing the water usage"

The fact that good quality of water is important for the quality of the plants and the yield is worldwide known. The irrigation system can easily be called the vessels of hydroponic growing - providing the plants with everything they need to grow and produce the best fruits or flowers. Yet all smart…

Myanmar: How a 'sayar' took farming to a higher level

To be called “sayar” (teacher) is high praise in Myanmar, but that is exactly what the smallholder farmers call Aung Ko Latt. The 42-year-old Aung Ko Latt is one of the technical trainers in the East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer team, based at Pwint Phyu Township in Myanmar. Through hands-on guidance and…

FAO, ICBA partner to save plant genetic resources, boost food security

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Dr. José Graziano da Silva , and Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) , Dr. Ismahane Elouafi , signed two landmark agreements today, expanding existing cooperation between…

Bejo and Bioland confirm closer cooperation

Germany association for organic agriculture, Bioland e.V., and vegetable seed breeder Bejo signed an outline cooperation agreement at ‘Biofach’ in Nuremberg on 14.02.2019. The agreement’s defined aim is to ‘jointly shape the future of organic plant breeding’. The cooperation extends from collaboration on…

Paul Breukel, Allport Horti Logistics:

"Commercial invoice and packing list by themselves not enough for trade with Mexico"

Those who do business with foreign countries will have to deal with the logistics and human side of things. Paul Breukel of Allport Horti Logistics already gave tips and…

plastics thermoformer unveils custom design services

“Need for greater automation pushes our new designs”

T.O. Plastics, a thermoformer for the horticulture industry, is unveiling its products suitable for the cannabis, hemp and microgreens markets, as well as its Customer Design Center services for all horticulture applications. “The horticulture industry is very familiar with our product catalog where…

Taiwan organizes field demonstration of Taiwanese vegetable cultivars in Thailand

In order to develop markets for seeds and seedlings in New Southbound Policy partner countries, the Council of Agriculture (COA), working with the World Vegetable Center and the Taiwan Seed Trade Association, has been promoting an overseas trial cultivation plan for vegetable varieties. Two years of…

Opposition filed against patent on lettuce

No Patents on Seeds! has filed an opposition against a patent on lettuce. The patent EP 2 966 992 B1 was granted to Rijk Zwaan by the European Patent Office in Munich. In the…

Axia Vegetable Seeds strengthens its commercial presence in North America

Axia Vegetable Seeds has hired John Davis to the role of Protected Culture Sales Representative, covering the USA and Canada. John brings more than twenty years of experience in the vegetable seeds industry, with thirteen years focused specifically on the greenhouse vegetables market. Axia has quickly…

Consolidation in the seed industry - a danger to growers?

The agriculture industry has seen several big waves of consolidation lately. Philip Howard, Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, has been following developments in the global seed industry for years now. His latest chart illustrates how the “Big…

Dutch Plantin and Houweling join forces in Canada

Based in Ontario, practically grown up in a greenhouse and having Houweling as his last name. To sum it all up, it’s quite a miracle that Jake Houweling has managed not to work in the horticultural industry for a couple of years. Since January 1st he is though: operating the new joint-venture formed by…

Recycling squared?

Recycling isn’t just the right thing to do. It makes sense for every business, no matter how large or small, to look for opportunities to minimise waste. Recycling within the business can reduce input and waste disposal costs. Occasionally an opportunity may arise to recycle waste into a new product or even a new business…

Helping new entrants find their way in the horticultural sector

The world of vegetable growing is changing rapidly. Across the globe, new investors are showing an interest in entering the horticultural sector. Rijk Zwaan offers these investors knowledge of local markets and high-tech production methods as well as an extensive choice of varieties and access to a…

Spain: New lettuces to bring more flavour, easier harvesting

At the BASF experimental station in the Murcian town of La Palma, Nunhems, BASF's horticultural seed brand, is presenting new lettuce varieties during the field demonstration days. As a novelty for growing table, Magistral is presented for harvesting from the end of February to the beginning of April.…

Myanmar: Over 1,000 farmers participated in Field Days of VegCap and VegImpact

In the Dry Zone in Myanmar (Pwint Phyu Township, Magway), an impressive number of vegetable farmers and professionals visited the field days last February 6 and 7 2019. The field days were jointly organized by VegCap, VegImpact, with East West Seeds’ Knowledge Transfer Foundation as the main implementer.…

Greenhouse industry mourns loss of leading figure

It is with great sadness that the Richel Group announces the passing of its founding father. Pierre Richel passed away on Wednesday 23 January 2019, aged 92, after what he himself described as a fulfilling, colourful career. Standing among those visionaries who are always ahead of their time, Pierre…

New Zealand: Tomato rootstock seed imports resume

Tomato rootstock seed imports into New Zealand came to a halt in spring when MPI was notified that a hybrid rootstock seed parent species was not on their allowed imports list (the Plant Biosecurity Index or PBI). TomatoesNZ agreed with MPI’s assessment that the hybrid did not pose a risk to NZ’s…


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