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YOUR GATEWAY TO THE MIDDLE EAST AGRIBUSINESS

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FLOWERTRIALS®: FOUR OUT OF FIVE EXHIBITORS SEE RISE IN VISITOR NUMBERS

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HUMINTECH HONORED AS TOP 100 LEADING INNOVATOR

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VALTRA T AND N SERIES — SMARTTOUCH ARMREST AND FIVE NEW MODELS INTRODUCED

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EUROPEAN POULTRY THE POWER OF QUALITY

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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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Germany's BayWa and Al Dahra expand their value chain with €30 million agribusiness in Abu Dhabi The German-based BayWa AG, with agriculture as one of its core businesses, has tied up with the Abu Dhabi-based Al Dahra Holding LLC, a leading international agribusiness company, to set up a groundbreaking project in the UAE. BayWa AG and Al Dahra Holding LLC unveiled the euro 30 million project. The new entity, Al Dahra BayWa LLC, will operate in the production of premium vegetables like tomatoes using latest greenhouse technologies as well as in the marketing of the produce in the sevenemirate federation, as well as potential regional markets. This contract is subject to approval by the competent authorities in the UAE. Spending power in the UAE on fruit and vegetables from regional and sustainable production is strong and the country has a healthy market for premium fruits and vegetables. Al Dahra BayWa LLC will have its headquarters in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. Commenting on the new company, HE Khadim Abdulla Al Derei, Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Al Dahra Holding LLC, said: “We are pleased to make this announcement which comes as part of the strategy of food security in the UAE and contributes to consolidating our initiatives in that direction”. “Al Dahra BayWa LLC has a great potential for growth in the region, and we are confident that this collaboration has the elements of success in this continuously growing business segment”, he added. 4

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The climate-controlled greenhouse will be constructed on a site with an area of 15 hectares. In a first step, the venture will produce up to 5,000 tons of premium tomatoes per year to be marketed to local food retailers. In the controlled climate of the facilities, vegetables can be harvested throughout the year. Water-efficient technologies will be used, and compared to traditional greenhouses, the system will save 60 percent of water used for irrigation.

Biolchim enters the Azerbaijani market In May Biolchim entered the Azerbaijani market with its specialty fertilizers Fylloton, Bioalga, Phosfik® PK and the unique formulation of mesoelements Nitrocam®. Products were presented at CaspianAgro, the biggest exhibition in the Caspian region dedicated to new trends and technologies in the agricultural sector. Biolchim biostimulants represent an optimal solution for improving the yield and quality of production in Azerbaijan, where farming has a great potential thanks to the wide variety of cultivated species, good climatic conditions and extended growing season. As a part of its strategy, Biolchim will continue to expand and strengthen its presence on the Asian markets.

Evonik and DSM select Blair, Nebraska, as manufacturing site for innovative, new omega-3 fatty acids production Evonik and Royal DSM will locate the commercial-scale production facility for their omega-3 fatty acids from natural

marine algae for animal nutrition in Blair, Nebraska. DSM Nutritional Products and Evonik Nutrition & Care plan to invest around US$ 200 million in the facility (US$ 100 million by each party over circa 2 years). The initial annual production capacity will meet roughly 15per cent of the current total annual demand for EPA and DHA by the salmon aquaculture industry. The facility is expected to come on stream in 2019. Both companies announced in March 2017 the start of a joint venture for this purpose. The establishment of the joint venture, to be named Veramaris® and headquartered in The Netherlands, will be finalized subject to regulatory approvals. Blair, Nebraska, was chosen as it takes advantage of Evonik's decades of operational experience for large-scale biotechnology operations. The company has been operating a facility there for the fermentative production of Biolys® - the amino acid Llysine - for almost 20 years. As an investor and employer Evonik has built a consistent reputation in the local community. The new plant will be located adjacent to Evonik's current facility on Cargill's site, with established access to the raw materials needed to produce the high value and pure EPA+DHA omega-3 fatty acid oil. It will, for the first time, allow for the production of omega-3 fatty acids for animal nutrition without using any fish oil from wild caught fish, a finite resource. Initial applications will be in salmon aquaculture and pet food. Evonik's and DSM's highly concentrated algal oil will enable the animal nutrition industry to keep up with the increasing demand for these two essential omega-3 fatty JULY AUGUST 2017


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Illumitex raises $4 million in venture capital to accelerate digital horticulture Illumitex Inc., a leading manufacturer of horticultural LED fixtures, has received $4 million in equity funding from WP Global Partners and NEA to accelerate the development and deployment of its digital horticulture system. WP Global lead the recent $4 mm round of growth capital. “Under the leadership of Illumitex's new CEO, Jeff Bisberg, the Company is expanding into digital horticulture services that integrate technology-driven analytics into its LED product offerings,” said Greg Oberholtzer, Senior Managing Director of WP Global Partners LLC. “Like other manufacturing sectors, agriculture and horticulture greenhouse growers will need Illumitex's technology to meet production standards and yield efficiencies,” said Mr. Oberholtzer. WP Global Partners is private equity firm with investments across many industry sectors, including agriculture and food. WP Global has made several related 6

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investment in controlled environment agriculture, from seed companies to hydroponic greenhouses. “Digital horticulture” is a term adopted by Illumitex CEO Jeff Bisberg to communicate the new capabilities of Illumitex's products that go beyond controls, beyond IoT and beyond light, to create software tools that enable meaningful positive outcomes for its customers. “Exponentially improving digital technology is breaking the boundaries of traditional computing devices,” Bisberg said. “This technology has become so powerful and so low cost that it can be used in everyday devices as simple as coffee cups and bike locks. With digital horticulture we use these powerful digital technologies that weren't easily available before in the world of horticulture. Growing plants, at scale, is really hard and these technologies will absolutely help our growers to grow better and make better decisions. “It may come as a surprise to some people, but the LED fixture is a natural logical place to locate digital technology in supplemented controlled environment agriculture (CEA). The light fixture is ubiquitous and is always there whether the plants are germinating, vegetative, flowering, or fruiting. We use its intimate proximity to the plants to gather data all of the time.”

Acadian Plant Health™ Launches Ascomax™ Brand and Acadian BioSwitch™ Technology in China Acadian Plant Health™ (APH™), a division of Acadian Seaplants Limited (ASL), announces new partnerships, greater in-field support and the

launch of its biostimulants and Acadian BioSwitch™ technology in the Chinese market. This launch furthers the company's commitment to providing proven grower solutions within the agricultural industry in China, expanding the distributor base and increasing the support available to growers. By offering a range of premium APH™ products for maximizing crop yields, focusing on innovation, sustainability, grower and partner relationships and its people, APH™ empowers growers and their crops to sustainably feed the world today and in the future. APH™ will be launching several biostimulants in China including Toggle™, Ascomax™ and Stimplex®. These launches will coincide with the introduction of Acadian BioSwitch™ technology to the Chinese market. Designed for modern agriculture, Acadian BioSwitch™ is an advanced technology used to create innovative, sustainable plant health solutions and to power APH™ products. Acadian BioSwitch™ technology enhances natural processes within plants by switching on gene expression and production of active compounds that stimulate plant growth and protect against environmental stresses. “For 35 years, we have been listening to the challenges that farmers are facing in growing their crops,” said President and CEO of ASL, Jean-Paul Deveau. “A key differentiating factor of Acadian BioSwitch™ technology is that it has a strong foundation of research and science; it's supported by researchers from around the JULY AUGUST 2017


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NUTRIAD applying weather forecasts to predict mycotoxin challenge Using a compilation of data from past weather patterns, combined with regional mycotoxin levels of past six years, multinational feed additives producer Nutriad has created a model to generating predictive information on future mycotoxin challenges, that could help the industry to act rather than react. This model will be made available in the USA, where Nutriad is cooperating with renowned meteorologist Thomas Novak of Novak Weather Consultants. Plant, animal, and human epidemics are influenced climatically hence forecasts of weather have already been developed to guide control strategies for many important diseases Erik Visser, Nutriad CEO worldwide. Now Nutriad will relate weather-based plant disease forecasts to recent climate change models, and provide a prediction on the effects of climate change on the occurrence of mycotoxins. Weather is a key player on crops contamination, as different mold grows in different temperatures and humidity, and can be stressed by climate changes in different stages of their lives. Higher than usual rainfall can stimulate mold growth while a drought can stress them, increasing the risks of mycotoxin production. The same can occur with temperature, as higher or lower than usual temperatures can influence molds to produce mycotoxins. Stated Nutriad CEO Erik Visser: “Nutriad has obtained a leadership position in mycotoxin management, working closely with customers around the world, sharing information and developing practical solutions for all species. Around the world our product specialists work with producers, independent laboratories and universities on the development of highly effective mycotoxin deactivators. At the same time we are supporting the industry knowledge on how mycotoxins affect animals and how the challenges can be minimized. After the publication of mycotoxin surveys in various countries, the launch of our app Mycoman, Nutriad now introduces the mycotoxin forecast model. It further underlines our commitment to continuously work on supporting customers to take conscious decisions related to mycotoxin risk control.” Over the next six months Nutriad will monitor weather conditions across the US and later in the summer the company will a threat matrix measure for mycotoxin challenges in the 2017 small grains and corn crops. The threat warning will define levels as low, medium or high. The first of each month Nutriad will provide weather data that projects conditions forward for 30 days. Nutriad delivers products and services to over 80 countries through a network of sales offices and distributors. These are supported by four application laboratories and five manufacturing facilities on three continents. Find out more at www.nutriad.com

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CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA to launch in 2018 Global Produce Events has announced the launch of China Fruit Logistica, the new annual trade show for China's fresh fruit and vegetable business, which opens its doors next May in Shanghai. “Fruit Logistica is a trusted brand family, and we now have a third platform that enables us to service the fresh produce trade in mainland China,” said Will Wollbold, commercial director of Global Produce Events. “Fruit Logistica in Berlin is the leading global fresh fruit and vegetable event. Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong is the leading continental event for Asia's buyers. China Fruit Logistica in Shanghai launches as the leading national event for China's fresh produce trade.” China Fruit Logistica takes place on 14-16 May 2018 at Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing in the commercial capital's Putuo District.

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and future agricultural challenges. Inaugurated on June 21, the new greenhouse at Clariant Innovation Center (CIC) takes Clariant's Crop Solutions product development support to a new and unique level. It will provide a real-life testing source for novel crop protection and management, as well as yield-enhancement solutions developed by Clariant and also in cooperation with customers. The 400sqm greenhouse offers smart simulation of environmental conditions such as humidity, light, rainfall and temperature, creating a proper climate for testing to supplement Clariant's existing laboratory testing facilities at the CIC. The aim is to reduce development time and speedto-market for advances in the niche growth areas of Plant Growth Regulators, Foliar Fertilizers and Bio-herbicides. These have been identified as focus areas to Clariant for successfully addressing current customer-specific needs and future global food demands. “The new Crop Solutions greenhouse creates the perfect environment for fostering joint development in the areas we see as having most potential for delivering sustainable crop protection and, in the bigger picture, addressing the world's increasing nutrition requirements,” said Britta Fünfstück, Member of Clariant's Executive Committee. “It's a level of support that sets us apart within our industry and we are excited at the prospect of contributing even more closely to the innovations of tomorrow.” 10

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Agricultural machinery: the recovery of the Italian market The data on registrations of tractors, combine harvesters, tractors with loading platforms, trailers and telescopic handlers, shows an increase in sales in the first months of 2017. A drop in investments in the central part of the year might occur as a consequence of the frost, followed by drought, which hit the country during the spring months; despite this, however, the final balance should remain positive. Registrations in Germany, United Kingdom and Spain are in surplus, sales in China and India are on rise, while the Unites States and Turkey show signs of decrease. Registrations of agricultural machines highlight a growth in the first five months of the year, and seem to indicate that the final balance for the year 2017 will remain positive. Following a long period of recession, which has characterized the national market and has lasted for about one decade, sales of tractors and agricultural machinery are rising. The data for the period January-May released during the annual assembly of FederUnacoma being held at Varignana (BO) indicate a 7.2% increase in sales of tractors (7,953 machines compared to the 7,422 of the same period in the previous year), a 7.1% increase for combine harvesters (91 units, against 85 of the same period in 2016), and an increase also in sales of tractors with loading platforms (+1.3% equivalent to 324 machines, against the 320 of the first five months of 2016) and of trailers (+2.3%, 3,809 units against the 3,724 of 2016). Also a substantial increase in sales of

agricultural telescopic handlers has been recorded, of 13.2% in the first five months, with 402 units registered. According to FederUnacoma, the increase in sales of tractors, particularly consistent in the regions of Veneto, Piemonte, Lazio, Emilia Romagna and Campania, is in part due to a natural trend of recovery following many years of downturn, and in part to the regional calls for access to the PSR funds. The outgoing President of FederUnacoma Massimo Goldoni stated that “it is probable that sales will drop in the central months of the year, because of the frost in winter months, followed by lack of precipitations during spring, which damaged production and the income of farmers. Despite this, however, forecasts point to positive market indices at the end of the year, also as an effect of INAIL incentives for the purchase of new generation machinery”.

Hens, greenhouses and bees a key to restoring livelihoods in Iraq Thousands of vulnerable Iraqis and Syrian refugees will profit from new agricultural livelihoods ventures thanks to a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) project supporting families affected by conflict in northern Iraq. The project, funded by Germany and operating in the Erbil and Dohuk governorates, will train Syrian refugees in greenhouse vegetable cultivation, and support Iraqi families with hens for egg production and meat, and training and tools for beekeeping and food processing. Years of conflict in Iraq has JULY AUGUST 2017


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left 3.2 million people food insecure, including those who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. More than 3 million Iraqis remain displaced, putting pressure on the stretched resources of host communities. Another 240,000 Syrian refugees live in Iraq, 97 percent of whom are staying in communities or camps in northern Iraq. "Families are struggling, some resorting to reducing their meal sizes or the number of meals each day, selling productive assets, or buying food on credit," said Fadel ElZubi, FAO Representative in Iraq. "Through restoring and providing alternative livelihoods, this project will support government efforts to reduce long-term dependence on emergency food assistance and enable people to recover as quickly as possible." During the first week of June 2017, 2 400 people from 150 villages received 9 600 hens, poultry feeding and drinking equipment, and 80 tonnes of feed. The recipients were either displaced by conflict or residents of areas where displaced people or refugees were living. Over the course of a year, the hens will produce approximately 1.38 million eggs and 1,200 kilograms of meat, providing food for families and income from the sale of surplus eggs. Each family received 23 hens, which will together produce around 3,450 eggs and 30 kilograms of meat in a year. Another 2,400 people will receive training, tools and equipment for bee-keeping for honey production, and dairy and fruit processing, to produce a variety of dairy products, fruit jams and dried fruit for sale. 12

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Some 3,000 Syrian refugees in Qushtapa camp in Erbil governorate and Domiz 1 camp in Dohuk governorate will receive training in greenhouse vegetable production. In ten greenhouses at each camp, participants will initially focus on growing tomatoes and cucumbers, due to high market demand. The income from vegetable sales will enable families to buy extra food and other necessities. Camp residents and people from surrounding communities will be able to purchase greenhouse produce during two vegetable seasons each year. The USD 1.6 million project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the Deutsche Gesellschaft fĂźr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

World needs to pre-empt devastating drought impacts through better preparedness Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to facing situations of extreme drought, FAO Director-General JosĂŠ Graziano da Silva said. "Saving livelihoods means saving lives - this is what building resilience is all about," he said in a speech at the start of an international seminar on drought organized by Iran, the Netherlands, and FAO and held at the UN agency's Rome headquarters. Recalling the 2011 drought in Somalia that saw over 250,000 people perish from hunger, Graziano da Silva said: "People die because they are not prepared to face the impacts of the drought - because their livelihoods are not resilient enough."

"For years, the focus has been responding to droughts when they happen, rushing to provide emergency assistance and to keep people alive," Graziano da Silva said, noting that while "of course, that is important," investing in preparedness and resilience is essential. Doing so puts countries on a footing to act quickly before it is too late, means that farmers and rural communities are better positioned to cope with extreme weather when it does hit. John Mutorwa, Minister for Agriculture, Water and Forestry of Namibia, said that in these times of climate change, drought has emerged as a challenge that all countries will be forced to face, again and again. "It is not a question of whether drought will come, it is a question of: Drought will come, and therefore, we have to be prepared," the Minister said, underscoring the importance of the seminar's theme, "Predict, Plan, Prepare: Stop Drought becoming Famine." "WMO provides guidance and scientific information to strengthen national services responsible for addressing drought risks to agriculture," said WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas. "We encourage countries to take early action against drought and to move towards a more proactive approach." International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) President Gilbert F. Houngbo in his remarks emphasized the need break the cycle of crisis, disaster and relief and called on the international community to be proactive and to think not just of today's emergencies, but also JULY AUGUST 2017


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of how to prevent tomorrow's. "This means investing in smallholder farmers to help them address productivity challenges, give them access to markets and finance and most importantly encourage climatesmart agriculture so that when the drought inevitably comes, they have the tools they need to survive and thrive," said Houngbo.

Over 1.3 million sheep and goats and 65,000 cattle protected from highly contagious animal diseases In strife-torn Syria, the food security and livelihoods situation of some 234,000 people has received a strong boost thanks to a recently completed animal health campaign led by the Food and

Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Syria Veterinary Medical Association. With funding from the United States Government, the three-month campaign has protected more than 1.3 million sheep and goats and 65,000 cattle from parasites and parasitic diseases in Syria. Six years of conflict has undermined Syria's veterinary services and a shortage of vaccines has increased the risk of infection in livestock upon which many people living in rural areas, but also those displaced by the fighting, depend as a source of food or income. "Through this targeted animal health campaign, FAO is working to not only contain disease outbreaks in Syria but

also prevent the spread of these diseases to other countries in the region," said Adam Yao, Acting FAO Representative in Syria. "As the response capacity of Syria's veterinary services is facing serious challenges due to the ongoing crisis, the risk of transboundary animal diseases spreading rapidly and beyond borders remains a major concern for FAO. If no drastic measures are immediately taken the effects on livestock production and food security can be devastating," he said. Livestock production played a vital role in the Syrian economy before the crisis, contributing 40 percent of the total agricultural production and absorbing 20 percent of rural employment. Even during the current crisis, the sector still contributes substantially to the food security

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and nutrition of the rural population and is an important livelihood for women. "Women now make up more than 60 percent of the agricultural workforce and are the backbone of Syria's food supply, so this campaign has not only been life-saving for animals, but is helping to secure the livelihoods of many rural women, as livestock are often their only source of income to feed their families," Yao added. In addition to animal treatment, the campaign provided trainings to veterinarians on new techniques to control the spread of parasites - such as scrab, lice, ticks, tape and tube worms, Fascioliosis - and parasitic diseases such as Theileriosis and Babesiosis. Livestock-dependent households were also informed about the different types of treatment and protection techniques. The campaign took place in ten governorates across Syria: Rural Damascus, Quneitra, Dara'a, Tartous, Lattakia, Homs, Hama, Aleppo, As-Sweida and Al-Hasakeh. Since 2011, FAO has provided treatment against parasites to more than 10 million of livestock .

OECD and FAO see slower growth in demand keeping world food prices low Global food commodity prices are projected to remain low over the next decade compared to previous peaks, as demand growth in a number of emerging economies is expected to slow down and biofuel policies have a diminished impact on markets, according to the latest 10-year agricultural outlook published by OECD and FAO. 14

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The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026 says that the completed replenishment of cereal stocks by 230 million metric tonnes over the past decade, combined with abundant stocks of most other commodities, should also help limit growth in world prices, which are now almost back to their levels before the 2007-08 food price crisis. The report foresees per capita demand for food staples remaining flat, except in least developed countries. Additional calories and protein consumption over the outlook period are expected to come mainly from vegetable oil, sugar and dairy products. Growth in demand for meat is projected to slow, with no new sources of demand projected to maintain the momentum previously generated by China. By 2026, average calorie availability is projected to reach 2 450 kcal per person per day in least developed countries, and to exceed 3 000 kcal in other developing countries. Food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms will nonetheless remain a persistent global problem, requiring a coordinated international approach, according to the report. Future growth in crop production is projected to be principally attained through higher yields - 90 percent of the increase in maize production is expected to come from increased yields and just 10 percent from area expansion. Growth in meat and dairy production, by contrast, is expected to come from both larger herds and higher output per-animal. Milk production growth will accelerate when compared to the previous decade, most notably in India

and Pakistan. It is foreseen that aquaculture would dominate growth in the fish sector and farmed fish production will be the fastest-growing protein source among all commodities analysed in the Outlook. The growth in agriculture and fish trade is projected to slow to about half the previous decade's growth rate, and average less than 2 percent per year in volume terms for most commodities. Nevertheless, agricultural trade is expected to remain more resilient to economic downturns than trade in other sectors. For nearly all commodities, exports are projected to remain concentrated in a few supplying countries, which may imply a greater susceptibility of world markets to supply shocks. "Real prices of most agricultural and fish commodities are expected to decline slightly over the ten-year Outlook period," OECD SecretaryGeneral Angel GurrĂ­a said at the launch event in Paris. "As we have seen in the past, unexpected events can easily take markets away from these central trends, so it is essential that governments continue joint efforts to provide stability to world food markets. It is equally important that we look ahead as we seek to meet the fundamental challenge facing world food and agriculture: to ensure access to safe, healthy, and nutritious food for a growing world population, while at the same time using natural resources more sustainably and making an effective contribution to mitigating climate change." "The report foresees that the average calorie availability per person per day will increase in least developed countries and in most emerging economies," said FAO Director-General JosĂŠ JULY AUGUST 2017


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Graziano da Silva. "But we also know that more food alone is not enough to eliminate undernourishment and other forms of malnutrition. Access to the additional calories is extremely important. More challenging is the fight against malnutrition: Fighting malnutrition requires a diversified, safe and nutritious diet, ideally produced with a lower environmental footprint."

Global Soil Partnership annual meeting focuses on “black soils” and datasharing initiatives Soil pollution, due mostly to human activities that leave excess chemicals in soils used to grow food, took centre stage at the 5th Global Soil Partnership

(GSP) Plenary Assembly held at FAO headquarters. Excess nitrogen and trace metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury can impair plant metabolism and cut crop productivity, ultimately putting pressure on arable land. When they enter the food chain, such pollutants also pose risks to food security, water resources, rural livelihoods and human health. "Soil pollution is an emerging problem, but, because it comes in so many forms, the only way we can reduce knowledge gaps and promote sustainable soil management is to intensify global collaboration and build reliable scientific evidence," said Ronald Vargas, a FAO soils officer and Secretary of the GSP.

"Combating soil pollution and pursuing sustainable soil management is essential for addressing climate change," said Rattan Lal, President of the International Union of Soil Sciences, in his keynote address to the Plenary Assembly. Tackling human-caused problems through sustainable practices will mean "more change will happen between now and 2050 than during the 12 millennia since the onset of agriculture," he added. "The GSP Plenary Assembly is a unique, neutral and multistakeholder platform to discuss global soil issues, to learn from good practices, and to deliberate on actions to secure healthy soils for an effective provision of ecosystem services and food for

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all," said Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources. "Action at the country level is the new frontier." The Plenary Assembly endorsed three new initiatives aimed at facilitating information exchange: the Global Soil Information System; the Global Network of Soil Laboratories, set up to coordinate and standardize measurement across countries; and the International Network of Black Soils, launched to increase knowledge about the world's most fertile agricultural soils, which are also known for their high carbon content. Around one-third of the world's soils are degraded, due mostly to unsustainable soil management practices. Tens of billions of tonnes of soil are lost

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to farming each year and one cause is soil pollution, which in some countries affects as much as one-fifth of all croplands. The term soil pollution refers to the presence in soils of chemicals that are either out of place or at higher-than-normal concentrations. Such contamination may be produced by mining and industrial activity or by sewer and waste mismanagement. In some cases, pollutants are spread over large areas by wind and rain. Agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides - and even antibiotics contained in animal manure - are also major potential pollutants and pose special challenges due to the fast-changing chemical formulas employed. Soil pollution is an insidious

risk because it is harder to observe than some other soil degradation processes, such as erosion. The hazards posed depend on how soil properties affect the behaviour of chemicals and the speed with which they enter ecosystems. The diversity of contaminants and soil types, and the ways they interact, make soil surveys to identify dangers difficult and expensive. GSP members endorsed the organization of a global symposium on soil contamination and pollution, to be held in April 2018, and supported global data networks for sharing information and harmonizing standards as a way of easing the burden. Although commonly referred to in national soil classifications, "black soils" are far from

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uniform. The new International Network of Black Soils defines them as containing at least 25 centimetres of humus and with soil organic carbon content above 2 percent; by this definition they cover about 916 million hectares, or 7 percent of the world's ice-free land surface. Around one-quarter of black soils are the classic "Chernozem" type, with a humus layer of more than 1 metre; these are found in the breadbasket steppe regions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia and in the former prairies of North America. The International Network of Black Soils will promote the conservation and long-term productivity of black soils by producing analytic reports and serving as a platform for knowledge sharing and technical cooperation.

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target countries, from China to the United Arab Emirates, North America and Japan. There was a strong focus on China, with the project launched in Beijing in January with top Chinese authorities of the agriculture sector and Italian companies in attendance. During the year, the project was presented at the world's leading exhibitions, from Asia Fruit Logistica to PMA, Canadian PMA, Wop Dubai, Winter and Summer Fancy Food and Foodex in Japan. Thousands of items of information materials were distributed and a total of more than 30 million useful contacts established during the various events and exhibitions. The project site www.freshnessfromeurope.eu recorded more than 300,000 page visits. As well as providing the opportunity to contact customers interested in Italian fresh and processed fruit and vegetables, the project activities enabled CSO Italy and its partner companies to present the "worldwide Italian fruit and vegetable ambassador" products. Foremost amongst them is the kiwi, since Italy is the world's biggest producer of this fruit, with exports continually growing to all the target countries, including mainly China. Mention should also be made of citrus, especially oranges, which it will finally be possible to export to China from this year. Demand for summer fruit and fresh-cut produce was high from the Emirates, although the year was a difficult one for margins on these products. Pears were exported mainly to Canada, and work is under way to open up the Chinese market for this fruit and for apples.

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ith 7,135 registered visitors from 67 countries, the FlowerTrials reports 2017 as another successful year. The total number of visitors in the Netherlands went up considerably. No less than 5,557 persons made the trip to the Westland region, an increase of 6% over last year. Also the Aalsmeer region, which has grown strongly over the last few years, saw again a rise with 3,653 visitors, 4,4% more than in 2016. As many people visit both regions, the increase for The Netherlands as a whole is 3,5% with a total visitor number of 6,395. After having seen a major rise in 2016, the total number of visitors to the Rheinland Westfalen region saw a dip this year to be attributed to the Corpus Christi holiday which is related to Easter and fell right in

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the middle of week 24. In total, 4 out of 5 exhibitors reported more visitors than last year. More locations per visitor Visitors aim at making the most of their day at the FlowerTrials. The number of locations visited increased by 11% with a total of 35,725 individual visits registered, meaning an average of 5 per person. As many locations host several breeders, the average number of companies visited per person is significantly higher. The new route planner can be seen to have helped the visitors plan their trips more efficiently. A surge in visitors from Columbia, the major Floriculture producer in the Americas, was particularly noticeable with a major delegation from the Columbian Growers Association. Interest from Asia was again on the increase with considerably more visitors from

Japan, Korea and China echoing the relevance of trade with growers and retailers in this part of the world. More visitors from Israel, Iran and the U.S.A. also found their way to the event. Gill Corless, Chairwoman of the FlowerTrials Board: “I am delighted to have seen our brandnew slogan 'where plants meet people' confirmed during the show. The feedback I received from the many visitors I spoke to echoed the success of the event's formula, i.e. 59 individual companies showing their very best achievements in breeding to growers, traders and buyers worldwide. I would like to make use of the occasion to congratulate all exhibitors with the high quality of their displays. These ongoing efforts make FlowerTrials the key event in pot and bedding plants on the horticultural calendar.” JULY AUGUST 2017


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GREENHOUSE LIGHTING

SHORTENING THE CROP CYCLE BY UP TO THREE WEEKS

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hilips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam ticker: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting, announced that Iwasaki Bros., Inc., one of the largest wholesale growers of ornamental plants in the Northwest United State has become an early adopter of Philips GreenPower LED toplighting on a large scale growing area of more than 27,000 square feet. Only a few months into the installation Iwasaki Bros., Inc.

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has already significantly increased production volume with faster growth, stronger, more compact roots and reduced crop loss while improving quality and reducing energy usage. Owner and General Manager Jim Iwasaki said, “We've shortened our crop cycle by up to three weeks, which means we can get an extra cycle of plants through a greenhouse and that's both exciting and profitable.” Many commercial growers

want to test LED grow lights on a small scale before fully switching to LED lighting to make sure results justify the investment. Jim Iwasaki, on the other hand, is convinced that LEDs are revolutionizing the horticulture industry and he wanted to be one of the first to take advantage of them in his ongoing mission to “dominate the category.” Growing bedding plants, perennials, hanging baskets and herbs at Iwasaki's location in Portland, Oregon is a challenge JULY AUGUST 2017


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because the growing season begins when annual light levels are at their lowest. Iwasaki has seen the benefits of HPS (high pressure sodium) lights, but they use a lot of energy, cause stretch and perform inconsistently over time. Based on small trials with LEDs which improved the rooting and compactness of its plants, Iwasaki Bros., Inc. decided to make the big move to LEDs. The company has experienced a true partnership with Philips Lighting during this installation, which also provided key technical support and led the energy rebate process. Philips Lighting also provided feedback and growing advice from the plant specialist as the staff at Iwasaki Bros., JULY AUGUST 2017

Inc. learned how to grow under the new lights. “The team at Iwasaki Bros., was intent right from preliminary discussions to ensure that they installed the initial phase of technology into the greenhouses in the correct manner,” said Ron DeKok, Director of Business Development for Philips Lighting's Horticultural LED Solutions business in North America. “The implementation had to enhance the company's production, be sustainable and energy efficient, and provide a return within a short payback period to ensure the long-term viability of the business. Together, we tailored a proposition to accomplish this.” The LED installation at

Iwasaki Bros., Inc., was undertaken with the support of Fred C. Gloeckner, a Philips Horticulture LED Partner, and a team from Philips Lighting. Iwasaki installed more than 500 Philips GreenPower LED toplights in three greenhouses used for unrooted cuttings, seed trays and finishing. Kathleen Baughman, Iwasaki's Operations Manager said, “There has been a night and day difference in these plants from when we didn't have the LEDs to this year.” Improvements achieved so far include faster rooting by 5-7 days, roots growing faster than the tops, reduced pre-transplant and post-transplant losses and finished crops ready for market from 1 to 3 weeks faster. GULF AGRICULTURE

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HUMINTECH HONORED AS TOP 100 LEADING INNOVATOR

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nce again, Humintech GmbH belongs to this year's leading innovators within Germany's mid tier. The Grevenbroich-based company has been honored with the TOP 100 seal by Ranga Yogeshwar, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and compamedia. This year, the award is being bestowed for the 24th time. Humintech has already been part of this innovation elite in 2015 and 2016, making this year's honor the third in succession. A mayor asset in the independent selection process was the company's outward orientation. Hardly any natural resource has such a bad reputation as brown coal. In times of climate change, the days of fossil fuels seem to be numbered. Yet, Humintech is aiming for another direction. “We've been approaching brown coal ideology-free. In doing so, we've uncovered the huge potential of that resource”, says Berthold Stern, R&D manager with Humintech. The idea: Humintech is obtaining humic substances from oxidized brown coal or lignite. These substances are being used in agriculture as soil conditioners, manures or animal feed. Industrial uses include, among others, the manufacture of filter materials, dyes and concretes containing humic substances. “Our technology opens up new possibilities for fossil resources”, says executive Manager Aydogan Cengiz. His co-partner Müfit Tarhan adds: “We're presenting an

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old natural resource in a new, proper light and thus creating new acceptance.” To master Germany's proclaimed u-turn in brown coal utilization, the bioengineers at Humintech are banking on intensive cooperation with various research facilities. Together with German Forschungszentrum Jülich, they explore in-depth how humic acids can be used to curb nitrate pollution in ground water. Other cooperations arise from the company's engagement in the “Innovations region Rheinisches Revier”, an initiative to support and shape healthy structural change in the Rhenish coal district. Success shows that Humintech is on the right track. Within the past two years, the staff number has more than doubled. Today, 49 employees are driving the development forwards. Therefore, it's no surprise that the SME is being honored with the TOP 100 seal for the third time already.

TOP 100: the competition Since 1993, compamedia is awarding the TOP 100 seal for extraordinary innovational strength and outstanding innovational success to small and middle sized companies. Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke is managing the process scientifically since 2002. Franke is founder and manager of Vienna Economic University's Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and visiting researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Humintech (MIT). Looking back at 18 research awards and more than 200 publications, he belongs to the international elite of innovation scientists. TOP 100's mentor is science journalist and TV host Ranga Yogeshwar. Project partners are the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and SME association BVMW. German manager magazine is supporting the comparison of companies. More information can be obtained at www.top100-germany.com. JULY AUGUST 2017


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CASE IH SHOWCASES ITS TRACK TECHNOLOGY AT NAMPO 2017

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ase IH and its South African distributor, Northmec, showcased the brand's full line of agricultural solutions at the Nampo 2017, the largest show of agricultural machinery in Africa and the Middle East. In this edition of the show Case IH, which has earned a justified reputation as the specialist in tracked drive systems for highoutput machinery, has dedicated particular focus to its offering of tracked equipment. Jacques Coetzee, Product

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Manager Case IH at Northmec, is very pleased with the outcome of the event in South Africa: “The Nampo show is always a great opportunity for us to meet customers from across the region, discuss their requirements and show them how we can help their business. This year was no exception: our stand was crowded with visitors throughout the duration of the show. Our new AxialFlow® flagship combine

CASE IH PRESENTED ITS NEW FLAGSHIP AXIAL-FLOW® 9240 COMBINE FEATURING ITS UNIQUE TRACK SYSTEM / THE BRAND SHOWCASED ITS WIDE RANGE OF TRACTORS, HIGHLIGHTING THE BENEFITS OF ITS TRACK TECHNOLOGY ON THE MAGNUM ROWTRAC, MAGNUM CVT ROWTRAC AND QUADTRAC 600 / THE NEW PATRIOT SPX250 SPRAYER MADE ITS DEBUT, EXTENDING THE RANGE TO FOUR MODELS JULY AUGUST 2017


AGRICULTURE MACHINERIES harvester on tracks and brand new SPX sprayer attracted a lot of attention. The exhibition was definitely a success for Case IH.” Case IH's extensive tractor offering on display The impressive display highlighted the extensive tractor offering, with models ranging from the 35-75hp simple and economical JXT, the 80-90hp Farmall JXM, the 90-110 hp Farmall JX, the 125-141 hp Maxxum, the multi-purpose 142-225 hp Puma, the proven 250-340 hp Magnum and Magnum CVT, all the way up to the mighty 608 hp Steiger 600. Case IH also showcased its tractors featuring track technology, highlighting its benefits: greater ground contact, increased traction, reduced ground pressure, and less ground disturbance when turning. On display were the Magnum Rowtrac, the Magnum CVT Rowtrac, and the top-of-the-range Quadtrac 600, which has established itself firmly as the leader among high-hp tractors for traction, flotation and a narrow transport width. New Axial-Flow® 9240 features Case IH unique tracked drive technology Case IH presented its new flagship combine, the AxialFlow® 9240, which raises the bar on capacity and productivity. It features the brand's proven Axial-Flow® single rotor technology that revolutionised combine harvesting for its simplicity, grain quality, grain savings and crop adaptability. This combine also stands out for its exceptional flotation due to JULY AUGUST 2017

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the proven Case IH track system, which adapts to uneven ground thanks to the free movement of the single suspension cylinder. As a result, ground pressure is even across the track surface. In addition the suspended track drastically reduces ground pressure and consequently soil damage, and the combine is able to operate even in soft soil conditions. Case IH Combine

First public appearance for the new SPX 250 sprayer The Nampo show also saw the launch of the new Patriot SPX250 sprayer, which expands the offering to four models. The smallest of the range, the SPX 250 features a 167hp engine, a 2,500 litre tank, and boom width ranging from 24 to 27 metres. It has the highest clearance in its class, and delivers the high quality performance, accuracy and efficiency of the bigger models.

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VALTRA T AND N SERIES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SMARTTOUCH ARMREST AND FIVE NEW MODELS INTRODUCED

V VALTRA IS EXPANDING ITS FOURTH GENERATION N AND T SERIES RANGES UPWARDS WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW HIGH OUTPUT MODELS AND THE SMARTTOUCH ARMREST ON ALL VERSU AND DIRECT MODELS. ALL NEW MODELS COMPLY WITH THE EU'S MOTHER REGULATION, AND 60 KM/H TRANSMISSIONS ARE AVAILABLE.

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altra SmartTouch integrates the ergonomic armrest with a multifunction drivelever, valve switches, rearlinkage and PTO control, a touch screen terminal and push button control pad, bringing all tractor functions within easy reach of the operator. With the exception of the driver's seat and air conditioning, Valtra SmartTouch allows the operator to control everything in the tractor. N and T Series tractors now come with the easy-touse SmartTouch armrest. Functions can now be accessed with a maximum of two swipes or taps, and the design makes it impossible to get lost in the menu, bringing benefits to farmers who want to take advantage of precision farming technology and take farming to a completely new level. SmartTouch has been designed and engineered in Finland, and it was awarded the Red Dot design award in April 2017. The SmartTouch

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user interface is equal to the S4 Series, which was introduced at SIMA Show in February 2017. Intelligent drive lever - use powershift like a CVT Valtra introduces a powershift revolution. Driving a powershift tractor has never been closer to CVT driving than it is now. The speed can be increased by pushing the lever and decreased by pulling while at the same time controlling the strength of acceleration or deceleration. There is no need to change between lever and pedal mode, as they work in prefect sync all the time. Drive lever driving is not possible with any other powershift tractor except for the Valtra Versu Series. The drive lever with programmable function buttons allows the driver to operate the machine without lifting his/her

hand. The lever has been positioned vertically on the armrest to allow for a natural hand position when commanding the drive speed by pushing or pulling the lever. The design allows the operator to rest his/her thumb while not operating the rocker switches, and the soft rubber material prevents the hand from slipping away from the lever while driving in rugged terrain. The vehicle is controlled by moving the lever both sideways and forward and back, like a computer mouse. Nine-inch touch screen easier than your smart phone The nine-inch touch screen terminal has been designed to allow easy customisation

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Less” approach ensures that the operator does not “get lost” in the menu, which significantly eliminates complexity and frustration. The navigation steps are minimised, and navigation is intuitive based on pictures and the actual location of the function on the tractor. N4: FIRST EVER +200HP FOUR-CYLINDER TRACTOR The maximum output of the N174 model has grown with new two-step boost to 201 horsepower. Extra boost power is a big benefit especially for PTO work and road driving. T4: NEW T254 MODELS BRING VALTRA TO THE 271 HP RANGE The T Series has been expanded with the addition of new models: the T234 Direct and T254 HiTech, Active and Versu. The new models feature two-step boost, meaning that even more power is

available in the most important work situations. TIME TABLE The production and deliveries of the N4 and T4 series models (Versu and Direct) with SmartTouch start in August 2017.

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BAUER IN VOITSBERG IS NOW ELECTRICITY-INDEPENDENT

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ver the past four years, the Styrian agricultural machinery manufacturer Bauer has completely renovated the company headquarters in Voitsberg from a thermal perspective and has also

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installed a 2.3 megawatt photovoltaic system. As of now, Bauer is electricityindependent at the Voitsberg site. A total of 12 million euros were invested in the renovation. The advantages are clear: The company is lowering

its energy needs and thereby reducing CO2 emissions. The lower energy consumption positively impacts the production costs, which is also of benefit to the customers. Sales prices have increased only minimally since 2014. JULY AUGUST 2017


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“Bauer for a green world” Bauer lives up to this slogan not only with its irrigation and slurry management systems in use around the world but also directly at the company headquarters in Voitsberg, Stryia. In the past four years, the agricultural machinery manufacturer has thermally renovated its headquarters with the goal of energy efficiency. Specifically, the outer shells of the two production halls as well as the office building were insulated. The buildings take up JULY AUGUST 2017

an area of 28,000 m2 on the plant grounds. In addition, Bauer completely renovated the roof structures of the production halls and outfitted them with a photovoltaic system with a capacity of 2.3 megawatts. The system has been in full operation since December. This allows Bauer to produce 100 percent of the electricity annually at the Voitsberg site, making it independent in terms of its electricity supply. “Energy efficiency is important to us not only in our products but also at our operating sites,” explains Andreas Schitter, CFO at Bauer. At the same time, energy production from renewable sources was also a focus of the renovation efforts. The plant site in Germany was used as trial balloon for a photovoltaic installation. Two small systems were installed there several years ago. “When we saw how well it worked after the first year, it was clear that we would do the same in Voitsberg,” adds Schitter. The annual energy output of the photovoltaic system installed in Voitsberg is roughly 2,400,000 kWh. This corresponds to the average electricity consumption of 685 households. With the thermal renovation of its headquarters, Bauer is taking on a pioneering role among the industrial enterprises of Austria. The photovoltaic system alone is one of the three largest that has been installed for an industrial enterprise in Austria to date, explains Schitter proudly, not hesitating to compare its output to very large infrastructure projects: The planned power plant on the Mur river will deliver between 16 and 17 megawatts. According to

Schitter, in other words, a few photovoltaic systems like the one Bauer has now installed could replace the entire new Mur plant. Bauer installs thicker insulation than required Bauer did not go cheap when insulating the halls and the office building: The facades and roofs were in some cases provided with twice the insulation thickness that is typical in the industry. The measures are definitely already paying off. The Voitsberg site now requires less heating. The total energy demand of 4.2 million kWh has been decreased by 70 percent. The CO2 balance sheet has also been improved by the thermal renovation. Just the insulation of the facades reduced the CO2 emissions by 705,000 kg. The photovoltaic system will save another 1,690,000 kg of CO2 per year. For comparison: The winter highway speed limit in the Graz metropolitan area results in a CO2 reduction of 1,200,000 kg (according to a study by the Graz University of Technology). Prices have remained nearly stable In total, Bauer invested 12 million euros in the energysaving and thermal insulation measures. And what do the customers get? “At the first glance, maybe it does not look like much,” says Schitter. But the customers will definitely feel the energy savings measures indirectly. “The overall production costs are significantly lower, which customers will notice in our stable prices, which have remained nearly unchanged in recent years. Since 2014, only a slight increase has been necessary,” says the Bauer CFO. GULF AGRICULTURE

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ANIMAL FEEDS

STONE WINGS: LARGEST FODDER PRODUCTION AND TRADING COMPANIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

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range of supplying and opening new markets depending on good quality with wide capacity in our factories. We never compromise on quality or integrity and we are committed to teamwork and innovation. Our systems and equipments are constantly and continuously updated to enhance performance. We are very much emphasized on customer expectations by ensuring product quality and deliver an

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production and distribution and will achieve our goals by involving our co-workers, contractors and customers in our movement of excellence. ALFALFA HAY Alfalfa hay is the main pillar and natural food for all ruminants (cows - camel sheep - goat - deer ) or mono gastric herbivore ( horses). Alfalfa Hay is characterized by containing high percentage of protein in addition to a range of essential vitamins and minerals to feed the animal, as well as a good percentage of calcium which is necessary for the growth of bone and muscle movement. TIMOTHY HAY The product is a favorite of horses which is very useful for all kinds of activities related to private horse breeding and racing horses. It can also be used in the racing camels where it gives results similar to the results of its use in racing horses. BLUE GRASS This is an economic product and is very good for Pregnant mares in the last trimester of pregnancy, it can also be used for Low activity horses like riding school horses, entertainment horses and stallion outside the activity period in addition to the horses that need to lose weight. It can also be used for all types of horses by mixing it with Timothy Hay or Alfalfa Hay and it is also used mainly for all deer and herbivores of the wild life. ORCHARD GRASS This plant is very good and economical especially for JULY AUGUST 2017

horses of Medium activity, as well as for horses in the growth phase when mixed with Alfalfa in addition to the possibility to be mixed with Blue Grass or Timothy Hay for race horses. WHEAT STRAW US wheat straw is characterized by long flexible stem which facilitates chewing for the animal because it is free of strong wood/weed or sharp ended straws that makes it safer for the stomach, where the animal digestive tract will not be vulnerable to cuts and sores or holes. Also the US wheat protein is between (5% -7%). This product can be used for feeding sheep, goats, cows and camels, Where it is an excellent source of necessary fibers for the animal digestion activity. It is also an economic and safe when used as bedding for horses.

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MIX GRASS A mixture of Hay such as Alfalfa and Timothy or Orchard and Timothy and Bluegrass, That can fit all herbivores, especially the ones in the growth phase, and it is also good in the winter season, where the protein and energy content of which can generate enough heat to face the needs of the animal's body. OATS HAY Oat's Hay is considered as good and distinct economic and energy and fiber source as well as protein suiting horses and sheep. It can be used in animals producing milk and fattening animals in addition to being as a source of high energy that is efficient for racing horses and camels. GULF AGRICULTURE

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EUROPEAN POULTRY THE POWER OF QUALITY

S FOR SEVERAL YEARS, POLAND HAS BEEN A LEADER IN POULTRY PRODUCTION IN THE EU — OUR SHARE AMOUNTS TO AS MUCH AS 15%, WHICH GIVES OVER 2 MILLION TONNES OF POULTRY

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ince February 2016, a campaign has been carried out titled "European poultry - the power of quality” which promotes high-quality European poultry produced in line with the QAFP system (Quality Assurance for Food Products). The economic mission of the delegation of the United Arab Emirates to Poland was the action which closed the first year of the program. The visit was organised between 31 January - 4 February 2017 and representatives of the authorities, potential importers, wholesale customers and poultry distributors participated in it.

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On 1 February 2017, a business seminar was held in Warsaw in the InterContinental Hotel which was devoted to the cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and the European Union in terms of exports from the countries of the European Union of poultry produced in line with the QAFP system. Experts took part in the seminar, who among other things, presented values of the European poultry in the context of its full safety, high-quality, but also of its export potential. "Production of poultry in the European Union in 2016 amounted to approx. 14.5 million tonnes, 11 million

tonnes of which were broilers (80%). For several years, Poland has been a leader in poultry production in the EU our share amounts to as much as 15%, which gives over 2 million tonnes of poultry. Over half of this production is destined for exports" - Lukasz Dominiak informs, the General Director of the National Poultry Council - Chamber of Commerce. The guests were officially welcomed by: Monika Tyska, the Director of Exports Support Office of the Agricultural Market Agency and Lukasz Dominiak, Director of the National Poultry Council, JULY AUGUST 2017


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Chamber of Commerce. Next, the following people gave their speeches respectively: Lukasz Dominiak, General Director of the National Poultry Council, Chamber of Commerce; Rashed Mohamed Alshamsi, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, Animal Production Farms Control Unit Head; Nusaiba Salem Ali Ghulaita Almheiri, Food Trade Control Health Officer, Dubai Municipality; Aleksandra Porada, the expert on safety of foods of animal origin and animal feeds, and Jolanta Ciechomska Coordinator for the QAFP System, UPEMI. After the seminar, an official lunch was held which was based on dishes from European cuisine, during which a session of direct meetings was organised between the participants of the economic mission and the European representatives of the meat sector. On the same day, the participants of the mission had an opportunity to meet the representatives of the Ministry of Development, responsible, among other things, for the JULY AUGUST 2017

creation of the image of European poultry on the international arena. The following days were devoted to visits to poultry processing plants which produce high-quality poultry. The visit also gave an opportunity to become acquainted with practical aspects of the production of high-quality poultry in line with the QAFP system but also offered the possibility to have direct talks in the plants with experts responsible for production, quality or exports. Major contributors in Polish poultry sectors WIPASZ S.A. is one of the leading producers of chicken products in Poland. Currently, WIPASZ has a daily capacity of 220 000 chickens. “Our contract farming department realizes the purchase of broiler chickens on the basis of longterm agricultural procurement contracts. In order to reach as wide group of broiler chicken manufacturers as possible, in the cooperation terms and

conditions we propose the solutions, which are advantageous for the breeders”. “We prepare chicken products according to special request of the Customer - fresh, frozen and spiced meat. We control quality at each stage of manufacture, from feeding-stuffs, through breeding, transport, slaughter, cutting to packing”. “We cooperate with the best poultry breeders. We export our products to countries of the European Union, Asia and Africa. Major products are chicken wings, backs, butterfly GULF AGRICULTURE

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fillets, drumsticks, gizzards, leg, thighs etc.” Indykpol is one of the major Polish turkey meat and processed goods producers, having a 20% share in this market segment. For several years the company has been the leader of the capital group of poultry companies forming the most developed domestic organization specializing in

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breeding and commercial growing of turkeys, wholesale and retail sale of whole birds, poultry elements, turkey meat and turkey processed goods. “Our developmental strategy assumes a continuous growth of the production potential and forming a vertically integrated organisation. We possess a company-owned raw material base, which is best developed

in the whole poultry and meat industry; the company farms provide around 15% of the raw material processed by the Company. “Indykpol's activity strategy is based on marketing principles. It includes, first of all, the needs and expectations of our customers. Owing to a nationwide distribution network, Indykpol offers its products all over the country. It is also the major exporter of turkey meat and processed goods. Indykpol has had an export licence for the European Union market since 1993. At present, it places about 20% of its production on the WestEuropean market.” Animex Foods is Poland's biggest meat producer of poultry and processed meat products. The company is the largest meat exporter in Poland, and with eight plants, and feathers plant, are the largest employer in the meat industry. Since 1999 Animex Foods has been part of the international food-industry giant Smithfield Foods, Inc., whose well-known brands include Smithfield, Farmland, Armour, John Morrell and Gwaltney. This relationship has provided our local plants JULY AUGUST 2017


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new knowledge, experience and information on the worldwide meat business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanks to our position as part of this global company we have been able to take advantage of innovations in business and technology, and make new investments in our plant's equipment as we develop new brands and improve existing ones. In September 2013 Smithfield Foods and Animex Foods became part of WH Group. Animex Foods has a wellestablished program of sustainable development focused on the most critical areas of our operations: preservation of the environment, quality and safety of the food we produce, wellbeing of our animals, safety of our workers, support for the communities in which we do business, and creation of added value for the company and local communities. Animex Foods has signed a cooperative program with Warsaw University of Life Sciences. The agreement opens up the opportunity for both parties to develop extensive cooperation in research and an exchange of information, JULY AUGUST 2017

experience and expert opinions on food with a particular emphasis on animal products, i.e., meat and processed meat. It provides their students with the opportunity to secure a job placement or professional training, and to gain practical knowledge supported with extensive, hands-on experience. The National Poultry Council - Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw has been established in Warsaw on the 11th of March, 1998. The aim of the National Poultry Council - Chamber of Commerce (KRD-IG) is, inter alia, further development and modernisation of Polish poultry industry and protection of interests of poultry farmers and producers and poultry meat processors, their integration, representation of the Polish poultry industry in contacts with the authorities and selfgovernments, and Polish and international organizations. We also deliver opinions that are considered during work on legal acts pertaining to poultry industry, we co-operate with scientific institutions and universities, and we edit and publish our monthly gazettes Biuletyn Informacyjny KRD-IG and annual Biuletyn Surowcowy KRD-IG.

We collect and process gathered economic information to satisfy needs of our members, prepare analyses and reviews of the Polish and international markets in poultry. We intercede with the authorities in relation to poultry export and import. We co-act with state agencies, that is Agricultural Market Agency and Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture. We also co-operate with veterinary and sanitary service, take part in exhibitions and fairs throughout Poland and abroad, we promote achievements of KRD-IG members in poultry industry. We organize training conferences dedicated to problems closely related to poultry industry, economy of the poultry market, sanitary and veterinary regulations as well as environmental protection in relation to poultry production. Over 60 business entities representing such fields as farming, breeding, hatching, poultry and egg production, poultry meat and egg processing, trade in poultry, poultry meat products and poultry feed production are currently members to KRD-IG.

PRODUCTION OF POULTRY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION IN 2016 AMOUNTED TO APPROX. 14.5 MILLION TONNES, 11 MILLION TONNES OF WHICH WERE BROILERS (80%)

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AGRO SUPPLY EXPANDS RANGE OF HEAT EXCHANGERS

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gro Supply expands the range of Clima+ units with high capacity units of 27,000 and 31,000m3/h. For more than 20 years, Agro Supply's heat exchangers are known for the highest energy efficiency available in the market, referring to the favorable ratio between fan power consumption and the amount of heat/energy recovered. Heat exchangers make an important contribution to an improved poultry house climate for all types of poultry. Thanks to the expansion of the range, an optimal fit of Clima+ units is possible in poultry houses from 13,700m3/h to 31,000m3/h. From 31,000m3/h or more, two Clima+ units can be installed. It is not recommended to blow air into the poultry house at one place with capacities above 31,000m3/h as this would result in inefficient turbulent air flow. Need for measuring fans Power consumption is a critical point of heat exchangers. When high pressures occur in the machine, the electrical consumption of the fans increases significantly and the overall machine's efficiency reduces. By means of an aerodynamic design, the pressure drop at maximum capacity is not higher than 175 Pa at standard Clima+ heat exchangers. This allows the use of low-noise and energyefficient fans. At higher pressures, fans need to make more turns which significantly increases both power

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consumption and noise production. Agro Supply's heat exchangers always make use of measuring fans. Measuring fans are driven by the passing air flow, they determine the actual air flow and its velocity. Only sending a signal to the fan without measuring fan, does not guarantee air is actually moving in the requested amount. For example, during the first period of the broiler production cycle the negative pressure in the house is 0 Pa because the main ventilation is off and the house is only ventilated through the heat exchanger. After switching on the main ventilation, there could be for example as much as 20 Pa negative pressure in the house. This 20 Pa must be overcome by the exhaust fan suction fan, the measuring fan corrects this and ensures the promised capacity is actually achieved. A guaranteed airflow is important because the heat exchanger is part of the minimum ventilation. Using the measuring fan enables us to guarantee the air output of the heat exchanger. Birds perform better! Climate optimisation in poultry houses will improve bird performance. Air quality improves, CO2 levels decrease and the air in the poultry house will have lower moisture level. This will uphold the quality of the litter, resulting in less footpad lesions. Various independent broiler studies also show an additional growth of 1 gram per day or more, and

a 2-point lower feed conversion. The use of the Clima+ unit yields >70% savings in heating costs, however, the biggest gain is achieved through the improvement in bird performance, this holds for all poultry segments; broilers, (rearing) breeders and (rearing) layers. Opportunities in legislation In recent years, the Clima+ unit has received recognition for ammonia and particulate matter reduction. The heat exchanger filters the outgoing air leaving 80% of fine dust in the exchanger. Together with our customers, we invested in costly research which resulted in official recognition for reduction of ammonia emission and fine dust. With a capacity of at least 1.0m3/h per broiler, a fine dust emission reduction of 31% is reached. A few years ago, a capacity of 0.35m 3/h per broiler was the standard for a heat exchanger. Now we see a tendency towards increasing capacities because benefits in terms of climate, energy and bird performance increase. By expansion of the Clima+ range, it is possible to offer each customer the optimal solution. JULY AUGUST 2017


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COMFORT, AND SECURITY FOR CATTLE AND WORKERS

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DS manufactures and distributes a wide range of technical mats and rubber floorings for the agriculture industry. IDS products increase comfort, and security for cattle and workers. More and more farms choose to replace freestall straw bedding by rubber mats for three reasons: Rubber mats increase cattle comfort by using soft foam pads or naturally soft rubber to provide a confortable bed for cattle. The second reason is to reduce straw consumption. Indeed, rubber freestall beds only need a thin layer of straw to keep it dry. And last but not least: rubber beds are easy to clean with high pressure cleaner, therefore it

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prevents cattle infections, reduce manure treatment, and save time. IDS provides individual interlocking rubber freestall beds as well as rubber beds in roll. Various thickness and comfort qualities are available to meet the needs of every farm. IDS also offers solutions for circulation areas and milking rooms. Sturdy and anti-slip rubber floorings ensure security and comfort for cattle and workers by reducing risks of falls. Animals are less stressed, and injuries and veterinary costs are therefore reduced. The animal well-being improvement is visible on their productivity. Like rubber

freestall beds, rubber floorings are quick and easy to clean with high pressure cleaner. Some of IDS floorings are even suitable for scraped passage. IDS products help you to improve the well-being and productivity of your cattle, by using long lasting and high quality material such as natural rubber and latex foam to increase cattle comfort and security. They also allow you to save time and money by reducing straw consumption and cleaning time. JULY AUGUST 2017


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