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COMPLETE ASSORTMENT OF HORTICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND STORE EQUIPMENT AMG BRINGS SOLUTIONS TO SPACES ENVISIONED A USEFUL EXHIBITION FOR ADDRESSING FARMING SECTOR CHALLENGES ABU DHABI TO HOST MAJOR CONFERENCE TO TACKLE MENA FOOD CHALLENGE FROM KNOWLEDGE TO CHANGE! GULFOOD TO GENERATE RECORD F&B TRADE IN FEBRUARY 2017 AGRAME TO WELCOME 300 PLUS EXHIBITORS FROM 22 COUNTRIES EIMA INTERNATIONAL: THE TRIUMPH OF MECHANICS IPM DUBAI, LEADING EXHIBITION FOR FLOWERS AND PLANTS BUSINESS CONTINUE GROWING! OPENS THE GATES OF INTERNATIONAL MARKETS FOR THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR INTERPOMA CELEBRATES THE TENTH EDITION WITH 20,000 VISITORS CREATING THE WORLD'S BIGGEST AND BEST TRADE SHOW FOR AGRICULTURE, LANDSCAPE AND GOLF IRRIGATION UNIQUE CONCEPT RECOGNISED WITH PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE GERMAN ORGANIC FERTILIZER AND HUMIC SUBSTANCE PRODUCERS LEADERS IN AGRICULTURE RETAIL AND LANDSCAPING

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Editor in Chief Mohammed Nasser | Editor Marie Matthew | Associate Editor Andrew Thomas Assistant Editor Megha Mary Matt | Graphic Designer Elizabeth John | Production Manager Abdul Shareef Contributors Neville J. Chandler, Douglas Bott, Shakeeb Kolakadan, Dr. Hansel Geo Thomas Head Office Matt Media International Ltd, Woodgreen, London N22 5AR, UK. E-mail: gulfag@emirates.net.ae, Web site: www.gulfagriculture.com Middle East Office Al Saad Advertising & Publishing L.L.C., P O Box 25694, Sharjah, UAE, Tel:+971 6 5639494, Fax:+971 6 5639449. Gulf Agriculture is read by agri professionals, farm managers & owners, landscape consultants, contractors, agri-equipment suppliers, horticultural engineers, greenhouse managers, agronomists, veterinary surgeons, ministries, poultry & dairy breeders, importers, distributors, manufacturers and whole salers of food and agri inputs. Printed and published by Matt Media© Intl. Ltd.(U.K.) 2017 All rights reserved. The opinions and views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publishers. Readers are requested to seek specialist advice before acting on information contained in this publication, which is provided for general use and may not be appropriate for the reader’s particular circumstance. The publishers regret that they cannot accept liability for any error or omissions contained in this publication.

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Taiwan Floriculture Exports Association to Investigate China Mainland's Floriculture Market The exports of fresh cut flowers have played a very important role in supporting Taiwan's floriculture industry in the last ten years, especially the exports of their world-famous phalaenopsis. In the first 8 months of 2016 alone, the total exports of fresh cut flowers have generated revenue of 246.729 million USD, about 68% of which was contributed by phalaenopsis. No wonder Taiwan is considered to be the kingdom of phalaenopsis. It is said that every year the exports of phalaenopsis make up of over 50% of Taiwan's total flower exports. What's more, the gross value of flower exports in the first 8 months of 2016 have exceeded the annual exports of 2015 by 53.109 million USD, which is the manifestation of the fact that Taiwan's floriculture industry is now vigorously expanding its market outside of Taiwan.

Alstroemerias to flower with Philips LED lights Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam ticker: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting, recently announced that the Dutch alstroemeria grower Hoogenboom Alstroemeria is moving to hybrid lighting in its 1.5-hectare greenhouse with Philips GreenPower LED top lighting. By using Philips GreenPower LED, grower Dick Hoogenboom will shorten growth cycles, increase quantity and quality of yields while reducing energy consumption up to 42 percent. Ries Neuteboom, Key Account Manager for Philips Horticulture LED Systems said 4

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“More and more alstroemeria growers are choosing hybrid lighting as growing alstroemerias require both light and heat at the same time. Hybrid lighting systems with a combination of LED and Philips SON-T lighting answers the need to control heat and light separately allowing the grower to grow better crops, year-round with greater control over growing conditions while reducing energy costs.”

Nutriad poised for further growth in Myanmar Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad proudly participated in the Agrilivestock trade show that took place from December 7 thru 9 in Yangon, Myanmar. Hosted by the Myanmar Livestock Federation, the event featured more than 200 international and local companies. Together with their local partner, Nutriad highlighted its feed additive solutions for livestock and aquaculture. BK Chew, Regional Director APAC, expressed his confidence in the future outlook of the Myanmar livestock industry and the growth opportunities it provides. “Nutriad has been actively engaging with Myanmar producers for more than 15 years. We were the first company to introduce the concept of mycotoxin risk management, when we launched Toxy-Nil. With the accelerating development of feed and animal production towards more technical and well organized feed mill and farm management, we are well positioned to take further leadership in this market.” Erik Visser, Nutriad CEO, added: “We increasingly see

local and foreign investors wanting to be a part of the Myanmar livestock sector. The situation is reminiscent of Vietnam in the late 90's that also saw economic growth at a time when the population was relatively large and young, with limited Gdp and low meat consumption. It will not happen overnight, but the potential most certainly is there.” “Our customers appreciate the quality of our products and value the technical support on feed additive applications as well as production management. Combining our in depth technical knowledge with the local network of our distributor, Multi Aquaculture and Livestock Trading, we are able to provide added value services to the local producers”, Mr BK Chew concluded.

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health in the MENA region provides solutions that improve health in livestock Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies recently held its first Annual Poultry Assembly that highlighted the epidemiology of avian diseases in the MENA region. The event, which was held in Berlin, included more than 100 animal healthcare professionals from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Iraq, Jordan and Pakistan, and provided updates in control solutions related to poultry maladies in the region as well the latest vaccinations and medications outcomes. Dr. Mohammed Hussein, Head of Poultry META region in Boehringer Ingelheim's said, JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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“We are pleased to address an important topic that directly links to our daily lives and nutrition. In large parts of the world, including MENA, poultry is and will remain the fastest growing source of animal protein. To address that, this event serves as a unique platform to exchange the latest updates on solutions for the poultry industry. To protect poultry against infectious diseases, Boehringer Ingelheim works to provide sustainable animal health solutions including vaccines with proven effectiveness and safety that accommodate the region's specific needs.” Dr. Hussein added, “Poultry diseases affect the supply situation of animal protein if it is not controlled. To that extent,

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early detection, diagnosis and reporting must become a priority. Preventive vaccination is one approach to controlling any diseases. The region has applied a lot of advances in this area and our commitment is to support in the investment in a healthier poultry supply which in return would reflect in healthier communities.”

Hygiena to Acquire Food Safety Diagnostics Business from DuPont DuPont Nutrition & Health and Hygiena, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company that specializes in rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing, announced that Hygiena will acquire DuPont's global food safety diagnostics business. The acquisition

includes all of DuPont Diagnostics business assets, including the BAX® and RiboPrinter® Systems and associated test kits; a global and technically trained sales, R&D and manufacturing organization; and in-house production capacity. The business was formed by DuPont in 1992 as Qualicon, and Hygiena will retain the Qualicon name. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017, pending customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. DuPont Diagnostics provides innovative, science-based microbial detection and monitoring products that identify and characterize

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pathogens and other unwelcome organisms in food ingredients, finished products and production environments.

Foodmate distinguished themselves at the Eurotier 2016 During the Eurotier Foodmate welcomed customers from all over the world and provided them with an interactive experience at their booth. On the Foodmate booth they presented and introduced several eye-catching technological advanced inventions. Not only did Foodmate display their food processing machines, they gave live demonstrations as well. Giving the customers a firsthand experience. It truly showcased the capabilities of the new machines and the need for these important innovations. In the professional designed demo room Foodmate introduces the MAX6000, a new revolutionary breast cap filleting system. The MAX6000 has been developed to debone up to 6000 breast caps per hour on the new specially designed dual-track.

access to healthy food for all, while respecting the environment. “Over the last 60 years, world population has grown from 2 to 6.5 billion people. On the time scale of humanity, this increase is simply staggering,” stated Gaëtan Séverac, the Naïo

Technologies COO. “Food is widely available in large quantities, but the increase in production has entailed undesirable consequences: a decrease in quality, a heavy burden on the environment, lots of waste and tough life conditions for farmers.”

First FIRA edition draws 200 participants to emerging field of agricultural robotics On November 18th and 19th, 2016, the first edition of the FIRA International Forum of Agricultural Robots drew some 200 participants to the Agronomic Engineering School of Purpan in Toulouse, France. This unexpectedly high turnout delighted both the organizers as well as the international speakers. A quick look back at the event. Naïo Technologies shared their view on agricultural robotics, which aim to improve JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017

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IPM ESSEN PREVIEW

COMPLETE ASSORTMENT OF HORTICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND STORE EQUIPMENT

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rom the 24th to the 27th of January 2017, the international green sector is invited to the Messe Essen. The IPM ESSEN 2017 fair offers unique access to gardeners, gardeners with direct-selling shops and specialty stores to a full range of horticultural products and store equipment. The world's leading fair represents the value chain of plant production: around 1600 exhibitors from 50 countries present their innovations in the fields of plants, technology, floristry and decoration. The IPM ESSEN is the fair of trends and news. Whoever wants to differentiate themselves from the competition and boost their sales, can not miss this international event of the sector. Horticulturists from all over the world present their creations here: from terrace and balcony plants, vegetables, nurseries and herbs to indoor plants and cut flowers. The varied platform

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that displays all the trends of the sector allows the centers of gardening and the specialized stores obtain information, exchange ideas and make orders. The theme "plants" is located in pavilions 1, 2 of the gallery and in pavilions 5, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 as well as in temporary pavilions 13 and 14 and in the lobby of the Grugahalle Pavilion. Meeting point of the international leaders of the sector: BGI Trade Center The IPM ESSEN is not only the number 1 ordering platform, but also an excellent specialized fair where all interested parties from the sector come from all over the world. A good place to make contacts in 2017 will be the BGI Trade Center collective stand in hall 1. On the surface of the Verband des Deutschen BlumenGroß- und Importhandels eV (BGI) (German trade association of flowers, wholesalers and

imports) Services in the areas of wholesale trade, production, logistics and IT. The BGI Trade Center is a very popular meeting point for professional visitors and exhibitors from all over the world. The collective stands of the foreign representatives contribute to the great internationality of the fair. Next spring, 20 nations will be represented by stands of the most diverse. The IPM ESSEN allows horticulturalists and plant producers from the respective countries to start talks. Whether they are orchids from Taiwan, bonsai from Japan or magnolias from France: the range of products is very diverse and wide. The «Showcase of novelties» presents the most relevant trends of tomorrow Visitors can not miss the novelty display of the Zentralverbandes Gartenbau (German Central Horticultural Association), located in Green City, in Hall 1A, if they want to know the new plant JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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varieties. From new wild and cultivated forms to the classic rediscovered: exhibitors from the horticulture sector of the IPM ESSEN show present the highlights and trends of the coming season in the categories: plants that bloom in the spring, terrace plants and balcony, potted plants, indoor flowering plants, indoor green plants, cut flowers and shrubs. A specialized jury chooses the news the day before the fair so that the first day of the fair has already determined the winners of each category. For the first time, visitors can also choose their favorites during the fair and award them an award from the public. Show your Colors Award: stimulate shopping through storytelling Entertaining stories make plants come alive: Show your Colors Award rewards the best stories about shrubs, nurseries and perennials and highlights the marketing technique of storytelling. Good stories are a commercial strategy that stimulates the sale, since a customer who is aware of trends is no longer guided solely by aesthetic reasons. An emotional approach through interesting contextual information helps the final consumer to lose the repairs at the time of purchase: where was the plant found? Where does his name come from? What added value does the product bring? Presentations of the Show your Colors Award will be displayed in the transit zone between Hall 10 and Hall 5. The winner will be announced on Thursday of the fair.

ideas for attracting customers in Green City, Hall 1A, for example in the Fachverbands Deutscher Floristen (Professional Association of German Florists). The general advances of the society entail changes in the behavior of the consumers that, in the long term, are reflected in the organization of the centers of gardening. The trends of consumption of 2017 detected by the BlumenbĂźro Holland (Florist Office of the Netherlands) are presented. In addition, Europe's trendsetters embody highly expressive scenarios that are understood as a guideline for successful product marketing.The Flower Lab of the FDF focuses on Generation Y, the millennials. This young target group looks for useful, durable, authentic and unique products as well as new communication channels. An inspiring showroom tells the story of flowers that meet

these conditions. Specialized stores will find more ideas for creative re-evaluation of their retail space in Green City, Bloom's booth and g & v's CreativCenter also located in Hall 1A. Products for modern horticulture Not only can you order new plant varieties for the next season in the IPM ESSEN, but also the complete equipment for commercial and exhibition areas. Market leaders participate in this horticultural fair. In pavilion 3, garden centers will find numerous box software and store construction providers as well as irrigation and label design systems as well as land, fertilizers and substrates that will also be of interest to the private gardens of end customers . In the area of florist, located in pavilions 4 and 6, glass, ceramic, plastic or enamel holders are offered.

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AMG BRINGS SOLUTIONS TO SPACES ENVISIONED

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ave a big project? Say like in a golf club, a park, a hotel, or any other type of landscape project that requires trees, big, mature trees where you need many of them and some which cannot be found in your country? This is where we come in. AMG, an international tree brokerage firm offers this fullservice, high volume, sales and shipment of large trees from the United States to places around the world. “We strive to offer quality plants which includes palms, tropical, fruit trees, and ornamentals to natives, evergreens and deciduous. As long as regulations allow it to be exported/ imported, and we think it can survive the trip, we handle it. Our products are hand-picked by our

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knowledgeable and experienced staff, gathered and transported with great care, then packaged and shipped with the attention your project deserves,” says Mark Smith, AMG President. “We also strive to provide the highest quality products with unparalleled service and dependability while still being able to offer a competitive price. Our team is also well experienced, licensed and insured as we handle trees of many different sizes and types. They ensure to go an extra mile to fulfill your tree needs and will update with the status of your order every step of the way.” “After the relevant details of inquiries are collected from customers, we prepare the trees by washing the roots, trimming, inspecting, spraying nutrients

and etc., and pack their roots in a breathable fabric, coconut husk-based medium with water and nutrients to carry them through the journey. Since in some cases regulations don't allow exporting trees with soil on them, we carefully clean their roots in our preparing process”, added Smith. Finally they are loaded and transported into shipping containers to your port of choice in Florida, so that they can be shipped to your country, treating and positioning them to avoid too much stress. AMG ensures to be with you every step of the way, notifying you of developments and any issues that arise throughout the process, so you can bring to life the beautiful spaces you've envisioned! JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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major international exhibition, SIMA 2017 (from 26 February to 2 March 2017, held at the ParisNord Villepinte exhibition centre), will more than ever be an essential gathering for sector stakeholders to meet their current and future challenges. Ringing the changes in

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exhibition conventions, SIMA 2017 will provide a new vision of the farming sector, while remaining pragmatic. It will promote discussions and meetings, while focusing on effectiveness and business. It will support all sector stakeholders and help build an increasingly high

performance and sustainable agricultural world. Sima, a contact facilitator At a time when the sector is facing major challenges, this SIMA exhibition intends to be pragmatic. A vast promotional campaign targeting visitors from France and abroad has JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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been implemented to mobilize all sector professionals. In addition, the entire exhibition will focus on specific solutions to the concerns that farming is currently facing. It will be positioned as a contact facilitating tool between sector stakeholders with major events such as the SIMA Dealer's Dayting and the SIMA African Summit. Innovation, heralding a promising future Innovation will again be central to this SIMA exhibition. The JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017

2017 topic, “Being a farmer in 10 years� will provide a comprehensive overview of the farming world and also sets out to be pragmatic, with contributions from all areas, including beyond the farming environment: Aeroposace Valley, the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA), Engineering schools from six countries, and more. The SIMA 2017 exhibition will be innovative in more ways than one, in particular with the Start-up Village, bringing together young companies from the digital world; API-AGRO Hackathon: 48 hours to create innovative agricultural applications; the Agreen'Startup, the startup competition for reinventing farming; and numerous innovations presented by its exhibitors. 600 new

products are to be discovered at the exhibition and over 120 applications for the SIMA Innovation Awards: initiatives that prove the determination of an entire sector to innovate to stand out. Sima, the international forum for discussion and business In 2017, exhibitors and visitors will come from more than 140 countries. SIMA positions itself as the exhibition for all types of agriculture, regardless of the size or type of farm. Also, with an international network of 45 offices, covering 100 countries, SIMA is highly active worldwide with some 30 conferences globally. And for the first time, to increase its social media impact, SIMA is organizing an international treasure hunt #FINDSIMABOX. GULF AGRICULTURE

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ABU DHABI TO HOST MAJOR CONFERENCE TO TACKLE MENA FOOD CHALLENGE FIND HUNDREDS OF WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (20-21 March, ADNEC, UAE) is the world's largest exhibition and conference showcasing innovations in sustainable agriculture. Whether you want to improve productivity, increase profits, save natural resources, or overcome the challenges of climate change, there are hundreds of solution providers exhibiting with working products to help your business remain competitive and sustainable for the long-term. INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 300+ suppliers will showcase working products to help you improve productivity and profits. MENA FOOD PRODUCTION 2030 A free conference focussing on solutions and developments across MENA agriculture. OPEN INNOVATIONS THEATRE A series of 15-minute talks from companies who are shaping the future of farming around the world. START-UP PAVILION The cutting edge of technology development and a selection of

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entrepreneurs looking for partners, buyers and investors. SCIENCE ZONE A platform for universities and R&D institutes to showcase projects and partner with industry to take ideas to market. SUSTAINABLE DATE PALM TECHNOLOGY CENTRE A showcase of solutions for crop protection, irrigation, post-harvest losses, soil management and cultivation. ANIMAL & PROTEIN PRODUCTION ZONE Livestock will be joined by solutions in feed, disease management, reproduction, nutrition and protein production.

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bu Dhabi is set to play a leading role in coordinating efforts to meet the pressures of feeding 520 million people by 2030, one of the biggest challenges facing the Middle East today. MENA Food Production 2030 will take place from 20-21 March 2017 during the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), an established annual event in the UAE capital, and will drive a critical dialogue between government, food producers, scientists and investors to establish secure, sustainable and profitable food production systems. “The hosting of these important international events in Abu Dhabi underlines the commitment of the UAE to drive a dialogue on food security and climate resilience,” commented Nicola Davison, Event Director at Turret Media. “Increasing levels of food production without exacerbating climate change and environmental damage requires a radical shakeup of the region's entire food system. We live in a water-constrained region and must use these forums to enhance our contribution to the development and implementation of smart solutions for sustainable food production.” JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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FROM KNOWLEDGE TO CHANGE!

F DO NOT MISS THE PORTUGUESE EXPERIENCE OF HUB TECHNOLOGY AT GFIA 2017!

ood markets are gradually demanding more and more innovation from Food & Beverage products, in which the incorporation of technology is consistently valued and highly appreciated by the consumers. For most companies, the cooperation of Universities and R&D institutions with industry is a viable and credible way to achieve these objectives. HUB Tech promotes the internationalization of the Portuguese R&D capabilities and case studies of new food products that result from such cooperation. Additionally, HUB Tech also aims to present products with Portuguese technology to external markets. If you want to innovate, HUB Tech is the platform to do it! Do not miss the Portuguese Experience of HUB Technology at GFIA 2017!

relationships in order to support their innovation and internationalization activities, PortugalFoods has the mission to boost agrifood sector competitiveness promoting internationalization and knowledge transfer. PortugalFoods is strongly engaged with the food industry and scientific community to develop a path for sustainable growth in agri-food sector, providing opportunities to create innovative products and to better compete in the global market, leveraging the unique attributes of Portuguese Products.

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GULFOOD PREVIEW

GULFOOD TO GENERATE RECORD F&B TRADE IN FEBRUARY 2017

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ulfood, the world's largest food and beverage trade event, is undergoing a revolutionary change in lay-out, format and visitor experience, marking a new era for the market

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leading exhibition that first traded in Dubai in 1987. Celebrating its 22nd edition in 2017, Gulfood is the world's largest annual food & beverage exhibition, welcoming F&B professionals

from all corners of the globe to meet for 5 days of business within this central hub for international trade and commerce. Launched as a biennial event in 1987, the exhibition has grown to

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promote F&B trade between more than 120 countries annually, enabling 5000 providers of raw materials and ingredients to showcase the tastes, trends and innovations that are shaping the future of food and beverage consumption worldwide. Gulfood is a business to business trade exhibition that is professionally managed and hosted by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). With three decades of experience in delivering world-class events and an ongoing commitment to commerce and innovation within the exhibition industry, DWTC are recognized as a key driver of tourism growth throughout the MENA region. To increase accessibility and trading potential, Gulfood 2017 will focus on finished food and beverages and highlight eight of the biggest commodity trading sectors with dedicated halls organised by Beverages; Dairy; Fats & Oils; Heath, Wellness & Free-From; Pulses, Grains & Cereals; Meat & Poultry; Power Brands and World Food. As part of this major realignment global buyers will discover more than 1,000 new-to-show food and beverage producers. With space already completely sold-out to exhibitors, February's event will span more than 1,000,000 square feet of indoor exhibition space and purpose-built temporary structures that welcome a wave of new product innovations and services inline with consumer demand both regionally and internationally. JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017

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AGRAME TO WELCOME 300 PLUS EXHIBITORS FROM 22 COUNTRIES

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ith just 4 months to go, manufacturers and suppliers from 22 countries are all set to showcase their latest equipment and solutions for Agribusiness, Poultry, Livestock and Dairy to more than 5000 trade visitors from MENA region. Officially endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, AgraME 2017 is slated to be held from 10 - 12 April at the Dubai Exhibition and Convention Centre and will welcome more than 300+ exhibitors as well as dedicated country pavilions from China, Denmark, India, Korea, Pakistan, Poland, Taiwan and The Netherlands. Industry forerunners will be exhibiting their latest innovations in the fields of agribusiness, poultry, livestock and dairy like fertilizers by Emirates Bio from UAE, Seeds by IFFCO from UAE, Jourdain S.A.S. from Italy specializing in Dairy equipment, Big Dutchman from Germany

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showcasing Poultry equipment and cages, MA/AG from Italy will be exhibiting agricultural machinery and farm management by Al Dahra from UAE. AgraME 2017 will be bigger and better than before, forging a competitive platform for manufacturers, dealers and distributors to do business with visitors in the MENA region. IAN-IFFCO will be launching 'Super Starter Boiler feed', which is for small chicks with a thin pallet size that contains high protein which is required for their growth. The Group which offers several speciality products for dairy and poultry will also showcase a European based Racing Camel Feed which contains all the necessary nutrients required for racing camels. TEXHA provides high-tech and innovative equipment for poultry production - cage equipment for broilers growing, laying hens management, for pullets and breeders, alternative systems for laying hens with

free rang and equipment for broilers growing on the floor. TEXHA offers specially designed equipment for poultry farms applying floor technology for broiler chickens. Ningbo Newland Vet will be showcasing veterinary syringes, needles, ear tags, nipple drinkers, poultry drinkers and feeders, AI products and other veterinary equipment. The three days of business at AgraME 2017 will be complemented by knowledgesharing platforms that will pave the way for the future of Agribusiness, Aquaculture and Veterinary in the Middle East and North Africa regions through highly-interactive conferences and workshops. At the centre of business in the UAE, the complete package of AgraME, AquaME and VetME will offer visitors and exhibitors the perfect platform for companies in the Agriculture, Aquaculture and Veterinary Industries to interact and do business. JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


EIMA REVIEW

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he great exposition of agricultural mechanics came to a close with the new record of 285,000 visitors from 140 countries arriving in the Bologna trade fair quarters. A large number of business meetings and widespread interest shown by the news and social media for the event staged as a great festive event for agriculture and the earth. EIMA International, the review of agricultural mechanics which came to a close on 13th November in the Bologna Trade Fair Center, was a huge success with a record number of visitors in attendance. Over the five days of the exposition their numbers swelled to 285,000 for a 21% increase over the figure reported for the most recent edition in 2014, plus more than 44,000 business people for an 18% gain. The review organized by FederUnacoma, the Italian Federation of Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers, generated an enormous number of business contacts while offering crowds of visitors vast ranges of technologies achieved by the 1,900 exhibiting industries in the trade fair pavilions. EIMA International was also a festival for the agriculture and engine sectors with an important impact on the media and social media fronts. Hundreds of journalists

from all parts of the world reported live on the events scheduled and the great general public could follow trade fair developments on EIMA Web TV. The outlet broadcast more than 40 services, eight live which were streamed. More than 75,000 people were reached by FaceBook which featured 500,000 contacts for sharing the posts. The EIMA Image Line Social Team - Agronotizie/ FederUnacoma produced more than 1,000 multimedia stories to make it possible to experience the event on the web in future months. But above all, the 2016 EIMA International was geared to the delegations of business people from eighty countries abroad, 70 of which were organized by FederUnacoma in collaboration with ICE, the Ministry for Economic Development trade agency. The ICE-FederUnacoma initiative alone led to some 15,000 visits to the stands of the exhibiting manufacturers and 3,000 business-to-business meetings set up by business people in the delegations. These arrivals came mainly from South America, North Africa and the Sub-Saharan area, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, ex-Soviet Union republics, the Balkans and Oceania. Attending EIMA for the JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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THE TRIUMPH OF MECHANICS first time were delegates from Jordan, Kenya, Mozambique and Palestine while Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru were the countries sending the most numerous official delegations. Beyond those arriving officially, more than 40,000 business people came as independents from 140 countries. The interests of the Italians and foreigners attending ranged over all the sectors represented in the exposition, from tractors to components, irrigation and gardening and on to bioenergy

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featured in the Energy area managed by ITABIA, the Italian Biomass Association, for disseminating information on wise practices with technologies for exploiting agricultural residues and production wastes as renewable energy resources. Among the many other successful initiatives was the EIMA Desk, organized in cooperation with UNACOMA, the Association of Italian Agricultural Machinery Dealers, for furthering green issues. FederUnacoma President

Massimo Goldoni declared, “This edition closes a glorious cycle for EIMA International furnished with the present Bologna trade fair quarters structures. We are looking to a future in which the exposition will change its face, thanks to ongoing interventions planned by BolognaFiere for restructuring these quarters. Quarters in transformation to better welcome the review with a peak world standing in the sector which covers industries and business people as no other.�

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IPM DUBAI REVIEW

IPM DUBAI, LEADING EXHIBITION FOR FLOWERS AND PLANTS BUSINESS CONTINUE GROWING!

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or the eleventh consecutive year, the show IPM DUBAI was under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority & Chairman of Dubai Airports. The show was inaugurated by H.E. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of

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WOP DUBAI AND IPM DUBAI CONCLUDE FOR 2016 WITH AN 18% INCREASE IN VISITORS AND 9% MORE EXHIBITORS COMPARED TO LAST YEAR the Dubai Municipality and organized in the support of Dubai Airports.

The total outcome of the show reflected the huge growth in the trade of flowers and plants in the Middle East and proved the position of IPM DUBAI as the prime trade fair for horticultural industry in the region as well as strengthen the Emirate of Dubai as an important destination and a worldwide trading center for this industry.

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Overall, 110 participating companies from 24 countries exhibited at IPM DUBAI 2016 and presented a wide range of products and services. Exhibitors came from China, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Kenya, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Oman, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. 9 official country pavilions were participating at the show from China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, India, Sri Lanka, Spain, Taiwan and United States. 3,890 traders and industry professional from 47 different countries visited the exhibition with a growth of 11% compared to last year's attendance. The International Perishables Expo Middle East WOP DUBAI 2016 took place parallel to IPM DUBAI 2016. Total of 9,945 visitors' attended both shows with the general total growth of 18% from last year's figures. 2017 will continue its success at Dubai World Trade Centre the most prestigious exhibition center in the Middle East. JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017

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GROWTECH EURASIA REVIEW

OPENS THE GATES OF INTERNATIONAL MARKETS FOR THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

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rowtech Eurasia the 16th International Greenhouse, Agricultural Equipment and Technologies Fair took place between November 30-December 3 in an area of 50,000 square meters at Antalya Expo Center with the participation of more than 700 brands from 4 continents, 24 participating countries and 81.206 visitors from 80 countries with 4.145 international visitors. As the biggest agricultural fair in Turkey, Growtech Eurasia the 16th International Greenhouse, Agricultural Equipment and Technologies Fair was organized at Antalya Expo Center between November 30-December 3. As the biggest fair of all times in terms of the size of the fairground with 50 thousand square meters, the fair broke its own record of the past 16 years by hosting 81,206 visitors from 80 countries. There were 4 different product and service groups within the

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scope of the fair under the categories of “Watering and Greenhouse Technologies”, “Plant Nutrition and Protection”, “Tractor and Agricultural Machinery” and “Seed Growing”. 81.206 Visitors and more than 700 brands were at Growtech Eurasia… Stating that they had a great success this year at Growtech Eurasia just as in previous years, the Brand Director of Growtech Eurasia Engin Er added that: “We gathered more than 700 national and international brands from 24 countries and 4 continents, namely America, Africa, Asia and Europe, for four days at Growtech Eurasia Antalya Agricultural Fair. More than 500 fairs are organized in Turkey every year and averagely 50 of them are on agriculture. Yet, Growtech Eurasia maintained its quality for being the only single international fair that opens the gates of international target

markets for its visitors. This year, the number of participating countries reached up to 80 while the number of our visitors reached to 81206. We also expanded our fairground area by 25 percent and extended the area from 40 thousand to 50 thousand square meters. All these details pleased both our visitors and participants. Our participants greatly contributed to our economy by making their international contracts and trade collaborations for 2017 and even for 2018 through our Growtech Eurasia Agricultural Fair. As Growtech, we enable our participants and visitors to reach wider markets on a vast geography from European and Balkan countries to Middle East, North Africa and Turkic Republics. We are honored and glad to create a work load of more than 500 million dollars for our sector every year”. Growtech Eurasia is a Giant Market that Contributes and JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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Serves for the Agricultural Sector… Brand Director of Growth Eurasia, Engin Er resembled the Growtech Eurasia the 16th International Greenhouse, Agricultural Equipment and Technologies Fair to a giant market that exports to many countries, cultivates big agricultural producers and that meets the requirements of farmers. He also added that: “While our fair offers alternative and new trade collaboration opportunities by embracing all actors of the agricultural sector, it also serves as a mutual meeting point where latest products and services are displayed. For this reason, we, as Growtech, continue to reward innovative products, services and projects that add value to agriculture. This year we organized the 9th Growtech Eurasia “Agricultural Innovation Awards” with a new concept. Innovative products such as pink tomatoes with longer shelf-life, portable spraying machine that will not require the farmer to go into the greenhouse, an application that provides special data to the farmer regarding his own field, production of insects that are beneficial for pests and a fertilizer project that is enriched as an organic material were initially reviewed by the Selection Committee and then awards were granted through voting over social media and by the visitors of Growtech Eurasia. Products and services that were displayed on the Innovation Area in the fairground, which was set up for the first time, inspired interest both by participants and visitors. Growtech Eurasia not only offers innovation to the sector, but also adds value to the agricultural sector as a fair JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017

where the heart of the sector beats. We will continue to work hard on developing Growtech Eurasia in 2017 as well and try to become a leader in the world as it is already in Turkey”. “Growtech Eurasia Agricultural Innovation Awards” Selected the Innovative Projects of Agriculture… “9th Growtech Eurasia Agricultural Innovation Awards” received great attention by participants. 19 products raced in the competition and Büsra Yapıcı was awarded for her “Gürcan Pink Cocktail Tomato Project” and Toros Tarım (Toros Agriculture) for their “Toros Çiftçi (Farmer) SmartAgriculture and Fertilization Project” under the Seeds category while Aksu ilaçlama (Aksu Pest Control) was awarded for their “Spraying Without Entering the Greenhouse (Portable mobile spraying machine)” under the Agricultural Machinery Equipment category and Hexaferm was awarded for their “Hexaferm Organomineral Fertilizer Project” and Sahin Tatlı from Biyoven was awarded for the “Local University Pests are in Action Project” under the Plant Nutrition and Protection category. The winners were granted their awards at a ceremony at the fairground. Interesting Products were on Display… Hundreds of interesting, new and technological products that are exported all over the world were displayed at Growtech Eurasia just as every year. Various new products such as yellow and orange cherry tomatoes that have

a bulb-shape, miniature and twocolored (yellow-green) cucumbers, black long peppers, white eggplants, new types of lettuces that are called “Living Lettuces” and that can be rested in a glass without going bad and that can be turned into a salad with one cut with the use of a special knife were on display at the fair. There was a Procurement Committee from 9 Countries… Organized by Western Mediterranean Exporters Association (BAIB) with the coordination of the Turkish Ministry of Economy, a Procurement Committee program was hosted by Growtech Eurasia. Thanks to this program, our exporting companies had the chance to hold special meetings with 24 companies in total from Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Tunisia and Jordan that are among the target market countries along with the 27 members of the Procurement Committee at the fair site. Besides, a basis for new trade agreements was set thanks to the B2B meetings that was organized by UBM and the Matchmaking Program.

THERE WERE 4 DIFFERENT PRODUCT AND SERVICE GROUPS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE FAIR UNDER THE CATEGORIES OF “WATERING AND GREENHOUSE TECHNOLOGIES”, “PLANT NUTRITION AND PROTECTION”, “TRACTOR AND AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY” AND “SEED GROWING”

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INTERPOMA REVIEW

INTERPOMA CELEBRATES THE TENTH EDITION WITH 20,000 VISITORS

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or three days, South Tyrol has been the centre of the world apple sector, thanks to the tenth edition of Interpoma - the biennial international trade show for the production, storage and marketing of apples - at the Fiera Bolzano Exhibition Centre from 24 to 26 November. 20,000 visitors from over 70 different countries (from A for Argentina to Z for Zimbabwe) came to Bolzano. Also present were numerous international buyers and 150 journalists from all over the world... thanks in part to a highly fruitful collaboration with ICE, Italy's Institute for Foreign Trade, for Interpoma 2016. Spread across 25,000 entirely occupied sq.metres were 460 exhibitors from 24 different nations (including America, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, the UK, Israel, Italy, Holland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Slovenia, Portugal and Serbia), all eager to show their

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wares and products on this international stage. “Interpoma has always been an example of successful interdisciplinary collaboration, a concept which is becoming increasingly important in a global and rapidly changing world - explains Thomas Mur, Managing Director of Fiera Bolzano - and in this sense, the first edition of the Innovation Camp, with its strongly international flavour, represents an important step towards the future”. The Innovation Camp took place on the two days preceding Interpoma, i.e. 22 and 23 November 2016. Repple was the winning team for the best idea in terms of concept, development, presentation and business model: this group had worked on the possibility of extracting oil from apple seeds, useful in the fields of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. An innovation with strong market applications and a high profit potential. Compared to other already existing extraction systems, Repple's organic process makes it possible to obtain a higher quality oil from apple seeds. Other projects developed by the five international teams taking part included sensors for artificial

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intelligence devices, marketing and smart agricultural technological systems. Interpoma 2016 and its satisfied exhibitors All the exhibitors interviewed showed great enthusiasm for the positive results achieved at this tenth edition of the only trade fair in the world dedicated exclusively to the production, storage and marketing of apples. “This is the first time we have taken part in Interpoma, and we are extremely satisfied declared Wojciech Wieczorek of ICB Pharma - Our product attracted a great deal of attention and we made contact with numerous companies which we think will become partners in future. The event is outstandingly well organised and we will undoubtedly return to Interpoma 2018”. Marco Flaim, Sales manager of REVO Srl stated that “We were among the first companies to exhibit at this fair. Interpoma is our main exhibition event, and we consider it a window opened onto the world as far as the apple sector is concerned. This event has made it possible for us to introduce ourselves in every apple-growing country in the world. Over the years it

has grown tremendously, and it is now a world leader in the apple sector. We'll certainly be back in 2018!” Luca Montanari, VicePresident of Unisorting, has this to say about his first participation in Interpoma: “The balance sheet of the new Unisorting company's participation is really positive: we had a constant and abundant flow of visitors. We found everything highly functional and we established extremely interesting contacts. We invested heavily in this first appearance. The whole event is really well organised and is just the right size for doing business. See you again in 2018!” Great interest has also been shown for this year's guided tours and International Congress: 360 people enthusiastically accepting Interpoma's offers of guided tours to local applegrowing enterprises... this year with the addition of a tour specialising in organic apple production. Yet again, the threeday International congress “The Apple in the World” drew big crowds, with special interest shown for themes such as “The Apple Market in a Transitional Phase” and “The Consumer Speaks”.

Thomas Mur, Managing Director of Fiera Bolzano

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IRRIGATION SHOW REVIEW

CREATING THE WORLD'S BIGGEST AND BEST TRADE SHOW FOR AGRICULTURE, LANDSCAPE AND GOLF IRRIGATION

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he Irrigation Association just wrapped up its 37th annual Irrigation Show & Education Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 5 day event held from 5th December to the 9th December 2016 and showcased products like garden based products, pump, water filter, to that of power equipment associated with this field etc. in the Agriculture & Forestry industry. For the first time ever, IA colocated with the National Ground Water Association, providing guests with an exclusive opportunity to experience the best of both worlds in one location. As a result of this partnership, attendance reached over 9,000 people, creating the world's biggest and best trade show for agriculture, landscape and golf irrigation. Participants had the chance to visit the booths of 600 exhibitors from both IA and NGWA, experiencing the most innovative products across both industries. The two organizations jointly hosted the keynote address and the 2016 Drought Summit, and worked on additional shared events to enhance the week of festivities. IA offered different agriculture, turf, landscape and business education classes in addition to

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various seminars and technical sessions. Attendees earned IA continuing education units for all education at the show. IA classes included:  Real-world applications and irrigation case studies.  Current techniques, field-tested results and best practices.  Instructors with industry expertise and proven teaching experience. Irrigation Show and Education Conference offered to connect with current and potential business partners as well as to develop peer contacts for resources throughout the year.  Explore common challenges and gather effective solutions with like-minded professionals.  Host impromptu meetings while information is fresh.  Catch up with old friends and make new ones at numerous social events. The Irrigation Association is the leading membership organization for irrigation companies and professionals. The IA is committed to promoting efficient irrigation and to long-term sustainability of water resources for future generations. IA works to improve industry proficiency, advocate sound water management and grow demand for water-efficient products and services. JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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PLANTER BAGS

Adapting the way food is grown in the 21st century Growing Blueberries in Easy-Fill™ planter bags using (CEA); meeting the needs of an expanding and increasingly urbanised population

WANGARA HORTICULTURAL SUPPLIES AND THEIR KEY ROLE IN CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT AGRICULTURE

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(CEA), Wangara Horticultural has worked closely with Universities, Government Agencies and major food producers to adapt the way food is grown in the 21st century. The synergy between EasyFill™ planter bags and the new technology based approach (CEA) provides consumer protection and maintains optimal growing conditions throughout the life cycle of the plants or crops. (CEA) optimises the use of key resources such as water, energy and space. Easy-Fill™ planter bags have been allowing our customers to grow their plants and crops in a controlled environment for over 18 years with the main benefits of saving water, optimal soil use

without loss or erosion, and direct control of nutrients thus alleviating real concerns over soil contamination. In commercial agriculture, growing with Easy-Fill™ planter bags can increase efficiency and crop yield, reduce the risks of cross contamination and disease, and save resources. Don't trust your investment to other companies that lack the experience, industry knowledge, and quality controls. Wangara Horticultural is the original designer of the heavy duty, round bottom planter bag, and has maintained its market position in an ever changing industry through innovative design and producing a superior product with a manufacturer guarantee. JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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AGRICULTURE MACHINERY

UNDER A VISION OF A CONSERVATIVE AGRICULTURE

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he “CULTIRAPID PRO” is a combination machine from MA/AG for working the soil and the preparation of the seedbed under a vision of a conservative agriculture for the use as primary tool under the techniques of the minimum tillage. This equipment represents a further interesting variant of the “CULTIRAPID” machine, already well known from the customers from several years for its innovative characteristics and for its versatility. The equipment can be trailed or half brought and it is composed by a main frame with a monobeam structure where there are different working elements. The use of the new

“modulate” frame, with central wheels, permits to reduce the total length of the machine so to encourage the use in the field and the road traffic. The machine is currently used on different types of work: on chopped corn stalks and also on corn stalks and stubble of wheat or rice standing, without the least clogging of the working elements. In both case, we obtain the complete cut of the stalk and of the root and the mixing with the top layers of the soil. The advantages derived from the use of this tool is to follow the approach of the minimum tillage with all the characteristics of the method (surface layer working only,

best water development, reduction of the phenomenon of soil erosion, savings in terms of fuel and manpower, speed of working execution). The high working speed (10-20 Km/h) permits to operate with greater speed reducing the processing costs, granting an hourly output of 4-7 hectares. The working depth of the anchors is 20/30 cm (max), while the one of the discs and the star group is 5-15 cm. The equipment is available in the version with half-brought frame or trailed and hydraulically foldable at 2,55 m for the transport on road. The working width change from 4,00 m to 6,00 m, for tractors with HP from 200 to 300 HP.

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ase IH has been awarded a silver medal in the Innovation Awards scheme of SIMA, the French international farm machinery exhibition, in recognition of the potential its Autonomous Concept Vehicle (ACV), a driverless version of the Case IH Magnum CVX/CVT tractor, offers for the advancement of agriculture. This innovative technology was first shown at the 2016 US Farm Progress Show. Open to all show exhibitors, SIMA's Innovation Awards recognise new developments with design and features having the potential to offer significant user benefits. The silver medal for the Case IH ACV recognises the value of relieving operators from monotonous field operations, allowing that labour to be redeployed more effectively, and bringing the next step in precision farming efficiency. “The need for this technology exists because in some parts of

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the world it's increasingly difficult to find skilled labour to work long hours on large farms during busy periods,” says Dan Stuart of Case IH. “This concept illustrates the commitment of our engineers to finding a solution, and as we progress its development we may see elements of its technology gradually integrated into existing equipment. Precision farming and machine automation are already taking on ever-greater importance in order to meet the need for more efficient, economic and environmentallyfriendly agriculture, but at key times of the year long hours in the field are still required, especially when harvesting or establishing a crop.” The result of five years' development, the ACV helps meet this challenge, through the ability to make the most of ideal soil and weather conditions while minimising the need for unsociable hours.

“While auto-steering and telemetry are already available on today's tractors, autonomous technology takes this a significant stage further. Based on the existing Case IH Magnum high-horsepower conventional tractors, and using AccuGuide auto-steering supplied with Case IH RTK+ GPS for ultra-accurate guidance, the autonomous tractor concept has been designed to allow completely remote monitoring and control, with immediate recording and transmission of field data. The Magnum CVX/CVT was chosen as the base tractor for the ACV development because of the type of applications for which it is primarily used, such as planting and primary/secondary tillage,” explains Mr Stuart. These large tractors are often used for pulling wide planters at high speeds, requiring skilled operation and long hours to make the most of weather windows. Autonomous operation puts less pressure on labour

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PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE during those windows and makes maximum use of them, but the ACV can be seamlessly integrated into existing fleets, and aside from the driverless technology uses a standard engine, transmission, chassis and hitch/pto/hydraulic couplings. Tractor operation begins by using a desktop or laptop computer to plot the most efficient field paths autonomous technology is most suited to jobs that make this possible, such as cultivation, planting and spraying, and is equally applicable to smaller tractors, where it could be employed in mowing or orchard spraying, for example. Manual path plotting can also be carried out where required. The operator can then choose a job from a pre-programmed menu by simply selecting the vehicle, choosing the field and then setting the tractor on its task, a sequence taking little more than 30 seconds. Machine functionality is controlled through sensors which automatically govern engine start/stop,

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acceleration/deceleration, engine rpm, steering angle, transmission, pto, linkage and hydraulic services operation, differentials and horn. Thereafter, the machine can be monitored and controlled via a PC or tablet computer displaying a fully interactive interface providing operating, monitoring and recording of machine data and images. A path-plotting screen shows the tractor's progress, another shows the camera feed from it, providing the user with the same views as the vehicle, and a further screen enables monitoring and modification of key machine and implement parameters such as engine speed, fuel levels and implement data - seeding rate, for example. The route to the field can also be planned, should this involve negotiable private roads/tracks. Case IH has worked with technology provider ASI to create the ACV safety package, using the latest infra-red, metal detection, radar, laser and video technology to ensure both third

party safety and trouble-free working. Should the tractor detect an object in its path it halts and a warning appears on the owner's computer, offering a choice of how the tractor should respond - by waiting for human intervention, driving round the obstacle or, in the event that it is an object such as a straw pile, driving onwards. Should something - for example, another machine - cross its path and continue moving, it will come to a standstill and move off again once its way is clear. Any loss of GPS signal causes the vehicle to stop automatically, and there is also a manual stop button on the control interface.

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POLISH HORTICULTURE

Fruits of blackcurrant (A. Mika)

Apple tree of 'Gloster' before harvesting (A. Mika)

POLAND - THE LEADING COUNTRY By Prof. Augustyn Mika

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oland is an important producer of fruit. It produces yearly over 4 million tons of 12 fruit species, among them 3.5 million tons apples, and over 600 thousand tons of soft fruits. Nearly one million tons of apples is exported. The rest is consumed in the country and processed to concentrated juice and exported. About 60% of soft fruits are frozen and also exported. Concerning export of processed fruit, Poland plays unique role in Europe. Production is done mainly in small farms situated among natural environment

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thus the fruits are free from admixture and healthy. The main scientific centre developing innovative directions in fruit production in Poland is Research Institute of Horticulture at Skierniewice near Warsaw. The Institute established in 1951 under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture was directed for many years by Professor S. A. Pieniazek. Under his leadership the Institute created very close links with fruit growers. The research results, suitable for fruit growers, were immediately transferred for practical usage. The close links with fruit growers resulted in very fast development of fruit production in the last decades

of XX century. Lately the scope of the Institute was broaden by implementing also research on vegetable plants, ornamentals and bee science. Presently under the patronage of the new director, Professor Malgorzata Korbin, who introduced the new spirit in research activity, 154 scientists develop research work in very modern laboratories, greenhouses with automatic climate control system, and in the field. The laboratories are well equipped for evaluation of soil and plant material for the content of micro and micro elements, determination of final agricultural product safety (the level of pesticide residuals), plant identity and health with JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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Tart cherries at bloom (A. Mika)

Apples of 'Gala' cultivar (A. Mika)

Dwarf apple trees in Polish orchard (A. Mika)

IN EUROPE, IN FRUIT PRODUCTION molecular and immunoserological assays, as well as for plant micropropagation using in vitro techniques. The field trials are done in two experimental orchards having over 200 ha. The research programme covers all areas related to fruit, vegetable, ornamental plant and apicultural sciences, from physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, through biotechnology, classical and modern breeding, preservation of genetic resources, agronomy, phytopathology and plant protection, fruit and vegetable storage and processing, food safety, horticultural engineering, economics and marketing. JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017

Harvesting tart cherries with self-propelled combine harvester (A. Mika)

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horticultural research centers and clusters in Europe, and in consequence many joint research projects, co-financed by European Commission and other international organizations were initiated in the last years. At present, the Institute is involved in several projects with 7th Framework Programme and currently Horizon 2020, and in several others within Central European, LIFE and COST programmes as well as in bilateral projects financed by respective governments within agreements on cooperation of science of technology. Besides, the Institute is the active member of the European Fruit Research Institute Network (EUFRIN). Institute is also an important teaching and training centre. It is authorized to conduct Ph.D. and post graduate studies, summer schools and courses. Annually, on average five students receive Ph.D. diplomas, two D.Sc. diplomas (habilitations), and more than 700 students complete postgraduate studies and professional courses.

Fruit growers coming to experimental orchard of the Research Institute of Horticulture (M. Nowak)

established a bank of beneficial microorganisms - a collection of symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi and bacteria stimulated plant grow and development. The team of Professor G. Doruchowski designed and constructed intelligent sprayer called ADAS (Automatic Dependent Application System). In Poland most of fruit plantations require irrigation in the condition of limited water resources. The problem is solving by the team of Professor W. Treder that develop economize irrigation system. Dr A. Miszczak, head of Food Safety Accredited Laboratory, working under Good Laboratory Practice system analyzed lately several thousand agricultural product samples against pesticide residues, for official control of Ministry of Agriculture, especially for organic farming and baby food producers. The Institute actively participates in building European Research Area. Cooperative links have been established with most of the

Conference on transferring research results to practice (M. Nowak)

Main building of pomology part of the Research Institute of Horticulture (R. Saluda)

Some imposing achievements were noted in the last years. The team of Professor E. Zurawicz have bred several very productive dessert black currants cultivars as well as apple and strawberry varieties characterizing high resistance to selected pests and diseases. The group of Professor L. Sas Paszt

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LEADING PRODUCER AND SUPPLIER OF PEAT AND SUBSTRATES

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tender AG is a leading producer and supplier of peat and substrates. The company has two factories in Germany (Schermbeck, Papenburg) and in the Baltics. Based on these operations and a sophisticated logistic network, the company ensures the supply of its customers with Stender products. “The decision Stender AG made to consequently develop further approved products and to modulate culture specific soils, gives our clients certainty and time. Stender AG's long standing know-how makes up the base on our

development of soils. Our employees are constantly at the gardener on site, they support the production and they adjust the substrates” explains the export manager Mr. Stefan Specking. “This continuous transfer of knowledge makes a development of herbs substrates for the horticulture production. Uniform, fieldtested mixtures are the base for strong and aromatic herbs”. “Stender maintains a credible handling with the substrates since years. This also reflects in our sales of hobby substrates. The recipe is “Professional quality for the hobby gardener!” This JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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way we have developed our organic hobby substrates for herbs and vegetables which will be aligned continuously to the production horticulture. The application area extends from potting herbs, over the use in little greenhouses to soil improvement of existing vegetable patches. Filled in 8-coloured 40 litre bags, this product achieves all demands on high-class hobby substrates in the premium sales”. “Stender Bio Vegetable Substrate is a special soil for potting herbs, vegetables in plantings beds or containers. It is peat reduced and has light fertilization. It follows the requirements of an environmentally friendly

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STENDER BIO VEGETABLE SUBSTRATE IS A SPECIAL SOIL FOR POTTING HERBS, VEGETABLES IN PLANTINGS BEDS OR CONTAINERS. IT IS PEAT REDUCED AND HAS LIGHT FERTILIZATION. IT FOLLOWS THE REQUIREMENTS OF AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PRODUCT. IT IS THE BASIS FOR STRONG AND AROMATIC HERBS AND VEGETABLES.” product. It is the basis for strong and aromatic herbs and vegetables. Stender Bio Vegetable Substrate is available in 40 litre bags”.

Stender Premium Peat Products are characterised by the high quality of the peat used. Stender uses first class selected white peat only. The peat is sieved in different fractions and made appropriate for later application. Thus, the fine peat which is especially ideal for propagation has a fraction size of 0-10 mm, the peat with a medium structure has a fraction size of 0-40 mm, and the coarse peat, which for example is used in the cultivation of rhododendron, has a fraction size of 10-22 mm or 20-40 mm. All Premium Peat products are available in bales of 250 litres, 300 litres and Big Bales of 6 m3.

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SEEDS

SERVING THE MIDDLE EAST AND GULF REGION GROWERS OVER DECADES

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s we crossed the 10 year's anniversary for Innova Seeds and 54 years for Niagara Seeds the company embarked on a critical capital expenditure projects aiming to boost and

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meet the growing operational demands on our current structure as we are processing higher volumes with higher quality, said Khaled Kazzaz CEO of Innova Seeds and Niagara Seeds in an interview with

Gulf Agriculture Magazine. “A million plus dollars have been budgeted and mostly spent for 2016 so far as fully automated treater has been added to the production line along with a dryer that meets 10 folds capacity we had earlier, and aiming to increase our quality even further a state of the art color sorter was added to our seed quality department which allows us to reach 99.9% physical purity on all our seeds a step we take after processing all lots on our newly added air separators.” “Many of our customers who attended our 2016 field days which we held back in August had the opportunity to stand witness to this new expansion which came parallel to launching very aggressive and competitive new varieties for the 2016/2017 seasons in all major crops and slots that are considered targets for us as a company,” he added. “The company remains committed to its investment of roughly 11% of its annual JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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sales back into research and development as we have a clear understanding that R & D is the base and the backbone of any successful seed company and we are also expanding our screening and trials over 5 continents to gather as much information on the performance and adaptability of our varieties in various regions and growing conditions.” “Our new germplasm will help us strengthen our current market position around the world and also enter as a serious player in the slots we were lagging behind, not to mention the new markets we did not have access to before and the positive feedback we are getting from our customers based on their trials encouraged us to make the investment in both our research as well as our operational facility.” “Lastly from me personally as the CEO for both Innova Seeds and Niagara Seeds, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their trust and confidence in us and for the mutual growth we have been experiencing together and our goal and commitment is to always keep our customers first and to meet all their vegetable seeds needs,” he added. JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017

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OUR NEW GERMPLASM WILL HELP US STRENGTHEN OUR CURRENT MARKET POSITION AROUND THE WORLD

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FERTILIZERS

GERMAN ORGANIC FERTILIZER AND HUMIC SUBSTANCE PRODUCERS

Dr. Yasser Dergham, Humintech Company, Germany

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umintech is one of the worldwide largest organic fertilizer and humic substance producers, based in Grevenbroich, Germany. Humintech GmbH is expanding its production capacity and therefore moved in 2014 to a new production plant (30,000 m2) in Grevenbroich, Germany (directly closed to the lignite open cast mining Garzweiler II). Humintech used to produce its humic acids based products in three different areas and now it joined them in one area in Grevenbroich. In this way, Humintech has the possibility to optimize its logistics and supply its products faster to the customers worldwide. The new high technology production line enables Humintech to increase the production capacity to about 50,000 t/year humic acids based products in granular form (Perlhumus®), 10,000 t/year humic acids based products in water soluble form (Powhumus®) and 30,000 cbm/year of humic acids based products in liquid

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form (Liqhumus®). The new production line will enable the Humintech team to maintain and increase the quality of its humic acids based products and to manufacture several new products based on humic acids in combination with other organic fertilizers and biostimulants. Beside the current product line the company will update its new product range to more than 50 different humic acids and organic matter based products within the next two years, which will contribute to increase the quantity and quality of plant production. Humintech takes the best German oxidized Lignite resources' (Leonardite) with high humic /fulvic acids quantity and uses the high technical production methods to get the high humic acid quality. Furthermore Humintech is active in research, development and industrial production of humic matter and humic acids for agriculture, animal feed, pharmaceutical and construction industries, veterinary medicine and environmental applications such as water purification and soil remediations. Humintech produces a large quantity of granulate humic acid as Perlhumus, water soluble humic acid as Powhumus and liquid humic acid as Liqhumus and 6% Fe-humate as Humiron. Humitech started the production of humic acid with various microorganisms as antagonist of several soils born disease. BioHealth is one successful antagonist to soil born fungi. BioHealth® TH/BS WSG DESCRIPTION

BioHealth® TH/BS WSG is a blend of selected Trichoderma harzianum and Bacillus subtilis strains, humic acids and seaweed extract. Trichoderma harzianum and Bacillus subtilis are antagonist to soil borne pathogens like e.g. Phythium, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia or Fusarium, whose hyphens and organs can be disposed by Trichoderma's comprehensive enzyme tools. Thus Trichoderma suppresses the spreading of these pathogens. Bacillus subtilis have evolved numerous mechanisms for both attack of other fungi or bacteria and for enhancing plant and root growth. During a culture Bacillus subtilis nourishes on the root exudates in the rhizosphere and thus builds a biological protective barrier against soil borne pathogens. In latent affected plant material BioHealth® TH/BS WSG remains ineffective, due to the reason that the antagonist cannot follow the parasite into the inside of the plant. Therefore BioHealth® TH/BS WSG has to be regarded as a soil conditioner or rather a plant intensifier and under no circumstances as a fungicide against soil pathological fungi. ORIGIN BioHealth® TH/BS WSG is obtained through alkaline extraction from German Leonardite (highly oxidized lignite), high quality isolated and selected Trichoderma harzanium fungus, high quality isolated and selected Bacillus subtilis strains and extracted from Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed. JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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BENEFITS  Destroys the hyphens of most soil born pathogens like e.g. Pythium, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia or Fusarium  Increases the resistance of plant roots against water, disease, temperature and salt stress  Promotes the growth of root and regenerates the damaged root  Stimulates the growth of useful microorganisms in the root area

 Enhances the germination

 Enhances the soil quality and

and increases their growth  Aerates compact soils and binds loose sandy soils  Increases the water holding capacity of the soil. Improves the soil aeration and the gas exchange of the soil  Increases the soil buffering capacity and neutralizes the pH-value in the soil and thus enhances the uptake of fertilizers  Binds salt in the soil and thus decreases salinization

increases the soil aeration in compact soils and compacts light sandy soils  Resource for natural vitamins and growth hormones like cytokinine, which promotes the root growth BioHealth® TH/BS WSG is already used in several countries worldwide and we have very good results with its application on plants roots to prevent the roots from harmful soil born Fungi and Bacteria.

inoculation of sterile soil, prophylactic mixing before the infection, soil conditioner

3-4 kg/ha divided to several doses (1-2kg/ha)

Inoculation of sterile soil, prophylactic mixing before the infection, soil conditioner

4-5 kg/ha divided to several doses (1-2kg/ha) during the season or submerge the seedling before the transplantation

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Trichoderma harzianum

BioHealth® TH/BS WSG (Humic acid, Trichoderma, Bacillus and sea weed mixture)

4-5 kg/ha divided to several doses (1-2kg/ha) during the season, or submerge the seedling before the transplantation 4-6 kg/ha divided to several doses (1-2kg/ha) during the season or submerge the seedling before the transplantation 3-4 kg/ha divided to several doses (1-2kg/ha)before and during the season 3-4 kg/ha or 1 kg/m during the preparation of substrates

Prophylactic Prevent from leaves fungi and bacteria

300-500 g/1000 L water every two weeks during the season

Prevent the seed, early inoculation, Stimulate the seed germination and root growth

1-2 kg/100 Kg seeds

BioHealth® TH/BS WSG is 100% soluble

* This recommendation could be varied according to the soil characteristics and farm conditions

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KUWAIT UPDATE

LEADERS IN AGRICULTURE RETAIL AND LANDSCAPING

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stablished in 1985, AlShaheen Nurseries has been ever since developing itself as one of the leaders in the field of agriculture retail and landscaping. AlShaheen Nurseries provides a complete set of agriculture and gardening services. The team is run by well qualified engineers and experienced supervisors, with a long and successful track record in agriculture projects execution. The company is located in Shuwaikh, 4th Ring Road, Nurseries Area. It’s our pleasure to introduce our wide range of services we offer the following:

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 Landscaping and

planting division for indoor and outdoor Shaheen M. AlRubaie gardens. Wholesale General Manager division (For Agricultural Companies only).  Maintenance team for agricultural projects and house gardens.  Designing and implementing irrigation systems.  Wide range of indoor and outdoor plants.  Wide rang of flower and vegetable seeds.  Different sizes and colors of plastic net shades. All kinds of natural and chemical fertilizers.  Peat Moss, potting soil, hydroton.  Agent and distributor of indoor and outdoor pots of different shapes and sizes AlShaheen Nurseries showroom is considered as a garden center for selling indoor and outdoor plants – Grass – Peat Moss – Potting Soil – Plastic Net Shades – Pots – Rocks –Seeds – Natural and Chemical Fertilizers – Agrilite – Irrigation Sys. – Water pumps – Insect killer – Hydroton – Palm bags. The Company aims to provide many items to serve different customer’s tastes, in addition to provide the best quality and less prices under one roof. AlShaheen Nurseries owns a farm in Wafra area specialized in growing plants, flowers, and paspalum grass, runs by well qualified engineers to provide the market and the Agricultural companies with the best varieties and quality. The farm is considered one of leading farms in Wafra in growing plants, flowers, and pasplam grass. The Project Division is run by well qualified team of engineers and supervisors to design landscape and maintain gardens. There is a team for designing & implementing irrigation systems. The whole sale division was established in 2000 to provide the Ministries and the agricultural companies with plants, garden tools and irrigation systems. Since then, the division has been supplying some of the leading government and private projects. JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017


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