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AGRAME FACILITATES RAFT OF INTERNATIONAL JOINT-VENTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS

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WANGARA HORTICULTURAL SUPPLIES AND THEIR KEY ROLE IN CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT AGRICULTURE

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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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Jain Irrigation announces investment in United States' largest micro irrigation dealers Jain Irrigation Systems Limited (“JISL”) thru its multi generation Wholly Owned Subsidiary in United States of America (“USA”) agreed to acquire 80% stake in 2 US entities. Two of the United States' largest micro-irrigation

HIPPOLOGICA to be a public attraction at the International Green Week as of 2018 After celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary last December HIPPOLOGICA is due to strategically reposition itself. The capital's number one indoor equestrian event will now take place on the last four days of the International Green Week Berlin 2018 (19 - 28 Jan.). Thus, next year HIPPOLOGICA will run from 25 to 28 January 2018. The successful combination of a show, sports and shopping opportunities will remain a firm fixture on the calendar of equestrian events. Riders, fans of equestrianism and horse breeders from the local region will also be able to enjoy culinary delights and get all the information the Green Week has to offer. As in previous years, the focus of HIPPOLOGICA will be on the various tournaments taking place, which visitors to the busiest trade fair in Berlin (2017: approx. 400,000) will now also be able to attend. Once again, public attractions will include the fascinating HIPPOLOGICA MASTERS programme, featuring five individual disciplines, namely horse jumping, dressage, handicap dressage, vaulting and driving. The successful partnership between the organisers of HIPPOLOGICA and the BerlinBrandenburg Regional Equestrian Association (LPBB) is set to continue. As the world's leading exhibition for agriculture, the food industry and horticulture, in terms of topics the International Green Week Berlin is ideally suited to be the venue for HIPPOLOGICA. 'Equestrianism' perfectly complements the 'Experience Nature' segment at the Green Week, which also includes 'Hunting' and 'Fishing'. What is more, the Green Week will continue the decades-long tradition of an indoor riding tournament, which used to be held parallel with the trade fair in the Deutschlandhalle.

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dealers - Agri-Valley Irrigation, Inc. (“AVI”) and Irrigation Design and Construction, Inc. (“IDC”), have entered into an agreement to merge ownership of their businesses into a newly formed distribution company. The new organization is an unparalleled leader in design, construction, service, and innovative Ag Technology. This entity will provide a unique platform to help growers implement state-ofthe-art irrigation technology and achieve “More Crop Per DropTM”. AVI and IDC have been long tenured stable companies with operations in United States of America. Key Highlights:  Vertical Integration Merger by Consolidation of 2 largest dealers in California with 13 locations and more than 225 employees.  Emerging as one of the largest companies in Irrigation business in the USA along with Jain Irrigation, Inc. (JII).  AVI and IDC combined revenue for 12 months ended December 2016 is ~USD 113Mn  Major push to deploy our leading Agriculture Technology portfolio: Observant, Puresense, Gavish amongst other JISL product offerings  Existing management of AVI and IDC to drive future growth This is a key strategic investment by JISL into one of the largest irrigation markets in the world. JISL already has a presence in U.S. micro irrigation market through its wholly owned subsidiary Jain

Irrigation, Inc., (JII) which is headquartered in Fresno, California. California drought has now eroded with significant rains over the last few months. Therefore, now there is strong irrigation business opportunity in the next 18-24 months for the merged distribution company as well as JII. The merger will help Jain Irrigation to forward integrate itself in the value chain and build direct relationship with growers. This fits into company's strategy to participate in end-to-end project solutions to harness company's unique capabilities in Integrated Irrigation project solutions. No government or regulatory approvals are required to complete the transaction. Anil Jain, CEO of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. said, “We are delighted to be able to invest and participate in such an industry changing and strategic partnership. The transaction gives us the capability to provide grower focused, turn-key, end-to-end project solutions, consistent with our global solutions and capabilities. With the newly formed company, we'll be able to deliver leading agriculture technology Irrigation solutions from our recent investments. Congratulations and thanks to Mr. Larry Rompal, Mr. Michael Conrad, their families and associates.” Larry Rompal, CEO, AgriValley Irrigation, Inc. said, “After 34 years of building Agri-Valley with my family and our team, I am excited to partner with another family company, Jain Irrigation, and to join with our friends at MAY JUNE 2017


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Irrigation Design & Construction to continue the tradition of providing the best irrigation systems and services to our customers. I look forward to the improvements we'll bring to the grower together.” Michael Conrad, President of Irrigation Design & Construction, Inc., added, “This merger will build upon the strength of our three companies and allow us to provide growers with the most comprehensive levels of service. Agri-Valley Irrigation and JISL share our philosophy of doing what is right for the customer and industry. We look forward to working together to move the irrigation industry forward.”

Challenger's product offering includes highperformance tracked tractors and sprayers built by AGCO in North America for the African market Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions, is to further develop its Challenger farm machinery business in Africa as part of the Company's global strategy for this leading brand. Challenger's product offering includes high-performance tracked tractors and sprayers built by AGCO in North America for the African market. AGCO's Challenger Manufacturing Plant in Jackson, Minnesota has been

the subject of multi-million dollar investments over the last five years including a 75,000 sq.ft (6967 m2) expansion to the tractor assembly line and the opening of a new visitors' centre. In 2013, a US$42 million upgrade and expansion was announced for engineering and manufacturing facilities to improve quality and increase production capacity. This upgrade included new component manufacturing facilities, new robotic welders, end-of-line quality testing, and new engineering and collaboration capabilities using virtual reality modeling in 3-D. Challenger is a core brand for AGCO in Africa. The Company has plans to expand its product portfolio and utilise

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its established brand equity and Dealer network strength to propel further growth in the Africa region. In Europe and Middle East (EME), where Challenger product has more of a niche market position, AGCO has proposed to integrate Challenger into the organisation of its Fendt operation from January 2018. The proposed organisational change in EME is subject to formal consultation processes. As an evolution of AGCO's Commercial and Market strategy, the proposed changes would be an important step in the Company's approach to best serve its customers and Dealers across the widest range of farm enterprises and machinery applications. The proposed changes in EME do not affect the

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Challenger business in Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America where the brand is an important part of AGCO's longterm go-to-market strategy and will continue to be one of AGCO's core brands going forward.

Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai 2017 Ends with Considerable Visitor Plus Chinese show that they have an ever greater propensity to consume flowers and plants. What had already been emerging long before the fair was confirmed in an impressive way from May 10 to 12, 2017: Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai was able to register not only increases in the number of exhibitors and the area but also a considerable plus with regard to the visitors. In total, 31,264

trade visitors (in 2015: 19,820) came into the Shanghai New International Expo Center - a rise by 57 percent. The Chinese horticultural market is booming. The home gardening trend has arrived in the middle class. "Just like our exhibitors and visitors, we are enthusiastic about this year's event. The figures speak for themselves. The standard of living of the Chinese population has altered enormously. More money is being spent on flowers and plants. The green sector in general and Hortiflorexpo IPM as its most important horticultural fair in China in particular are profiting from this," was the assessment made by Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen. "The cooperation between the China Flower Association, Shanghai Intex

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Exhibition Co. Ltd., China Great Wall International Exhibition Co. Ltd. and Messe Essen is bearing fruit. Two fair brands have grown together here and are now reaping successes together," the CEO of Messe Essen continued. The subject of home gardening is becoming ever more significant in China. Particularly the middle class is showing a great willingness to consume in this field. For the horticultural sector, that means launching new products on to the market and investing in corresponding technology. Therefore, Hortiflorexpo IPM is

all the more important as a platform on which supply and demand come together in an exactly matching form. The supporting programme took up topical subjects: In addition to a guided horticultural tour on the day before the fair, specialist seminars gave insights into innovative technologies, modern greenhouses and new plant breeds. In live shows, a top-class German florist demonstrated floral design on the highest level. German exhibitors presented themselves on a joint booth promoted by the Federal Ministry of Food and

J JAIN IRRIGATION BAGS INDIA'S LARGEST, RS. 569 CR POORIGALI INTEGRATED MICRO IRRIGATION PROJECT "RESOURCE - TO ROOT™", A PATHBREAKING CONCEPT TO DELIVER "MORE CROP PER DROP®"

ain Irrigation Systems Limited has been awarded the Poorigali Integrated Micro Irrigation Project by Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited, Govt. of Karnataka through National Competitive Bidding. The path-breaking irrigation project is based on the concept of "Resource To Root™", globally pioneered and promoted by Jain Irrigation which will deliver "More Crop Per Drop®" to farmers. The work order for the project valued at Rs. 569 Crores was presented by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karanataka Shri. Siddharamaiah in a glittering ground breaking ceremony held at Malavalli Taluk, Mandya District, Karnataka on 20th April 2017. He was accompanied by WRD Minister Shri.M.B.Patil and other Govt. functionaries, where over 50,000 farmers were present. Key Highlights:  Project Value: Rs. 5689.54 Mn (approx. USD 90 Mn)  Largest Micro Irrigation project in India.  Unique project where 85% Water-Use Efficiency will be achieved.

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Agriculture. Here, a total of 13 firms showed quality products "Made in Germany". Other official national participations introduced themselves from the following nations: Colombia, Ecuador, France, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Taiwan and Thailand.

Economically sustainable seed businesses to transform cassava production in Nigeria Seed sector professionals have said that businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African

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concept of "Resource to Root" Being the first of its kind in the country, the project will cover 25317 Acres of farm area spread over 51 villages in the rain-shadow region of Malavalli Taluk of Mandya District in Karnataka. Out of the total water availability of 2.29 TMC, the project will utilize only 1.97 TMC, still ensuring cultivation for both the Kharif and Rabi seasons, besides meeting the perennialcrop water needs in the project area, thereby not only ensuring water security but also doubling the farm income. The project involves lifting and conveying water from the river Cauvery all the way to the end user-farmer in a network of closed conveyance piping system, thereby saving water loss due to evaporation and percolation. The issue of land acquisitions for conveyance of water through canals is also avoided. The water use efficiency is further improved by utilising the water so brought, through Drip and Sprinkler Irrigation Systems by means of a centralized wireless automation system. Water use efficiency, thus, under

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farmers significantly raise their productivity. This will mean more Naira from the same land, inputs and effort. The benefits of this raised productivity will be enjoyed by all the stakeholders across the value chain in a sustainable way. This was part of the resolutions from a national stakeholder conference on cassava seed system organized by the project, “Building an Economically Sustainable Integrated Cassava Seed System” (BASICS) that were held at the Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

The meeting, which reflected on the experiences of BASICS in 2016 and refined the project plan for 2017 and beyond, brought together national and international researchers, academics, policymakers, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and farmers to a roundtable. Making the case for urgent need for all the stakeholders to work towards a sustainable seed system in Nigeria, Hemant Nitturkar, Project Director for BASICS, reminded the participants that Nigeria is the largest producer

this project will be as high as 85%. Major crops considered under this project would be vegetables, pulses, oilseed crops like groundnut, semi-arid crops like ragi and floriculture. The distribution network used in the project will be of HDPE pipes which have a life of more than 100 years. In order to optimize energy and recurrent costs, water conveyance is proposed through gravity in over 10127 Acres in the project. The project will also be using state-of-art agricultural technology by way of fully automated water delivery systems and fertigation to maximise crop productivity as well as avoiding chemical residues in soil, ensuring soil health security. The project also envisages filling up of 12 tanks in the command area for meeting water requirements of allied activities like domestic drinking water needs, water for cattle and such other purposes other than agriculture besides recharging ground water. The tanks are proposed to be filled up by conveying water through large diameter HDPE pipes. The project is expected to benefit

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of cassava in the world with a production of about 54 million tons, but its yield per hectare of cassava roots is about 8 tons, less than half of the realizable yields of more than 20 tons per hectare. Researchers say one of the factors responsible for the low yield of cassava is the low adoption of clean and healthy seeds of improved varieties of cassava by farmers. “We have to start with the right planting material and nurture it with good agronomy and weed management practices. Each of these three components has the potential

more than 15,000 beneficiary farmers directly, doubling their income, besides catering to the water needs of 51 villages. The project will be implemented in 18 months' time. This project at Poorigali has reaffirmed the numero uno status of Jain Irrigation in the field of water resources management and agriculture in the country. Jain Irrigation is a pioneer and global leader in using cutting-edge precision irrigation technology for the benefit of small and large farmers across the world. About Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd: Our Company, Jain Irrigation Systems Limited (JISL) with its motto 'Small Ideas, Big Revolutions' with more than 10,500+ associates worldwide and revenue of ˜USD 1 Billion, is an Indian multinational company with manufacturing plants in 30 locations across the globe. JISL, its subsidiaries and associates are engaged in providing solutions in agriculture, piping, and infrastructure through manufacturing of Micro Irrigation Systems, PVC Pipes, HDPE Pipes, Plastic Sheets,

Agro Processed Products, Renewable Energy Solutions, Tissue Culture Plants, Financial Services and other agricultural inputs since more than 34 years. It has pioneered a silent Productivity Revolution with modern irrigation systems and innovative technologies in order to save precious water and has helped to get significant increase in crop yields, especially for more than 6 million small farmers. It has also ushered in new concept of large scale Integrated Irrigation Projects (IIP). 'More Crop Per Drop™' is the company's approach to water security and food security. JISL is early pioneer for IOT in the agri-sector and is leading efforts to create global solutions with precision agriculture. It's food brand 'Jain FarmFresh' is well known all over the world for quality and consistency. All the products and services of JISL help create a sustainable future while fulfilling its vision to 'Leave this world better than you found it'. JISL is listed in NSE-Mumbai at JISLJALEQS and in BSE at code 500219.

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Kärcher participates in Project Lebanon as real estate market strengthens Lebanon is set for an industrial growth in 2017, with a focus on the construction and real estate sectors. The economy is supporting a number of commercial and residential developments in the capital and other strategic locations, within the country. The 22nd edition of Project Lebanon, the premier construction exhibition for building material and equipment, held from 16-19 May 2017, at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Centre, provided investors and companies an insight into Lebanon's construction industry. Kärcher, the world leader in innovative cleaning technology solutions, participated in Project Lebanon and showcased its top-notch products and services. Mr. Mazen Abou Chakra, Export Sales Director, Kärcher Middle East FZE, said: “We are optimistic about Lebanon's economic growth, as it is strategically located for extensive trade and re-exports in the region and globally. Our presence in Lebanon is part of our Middle East strategy. Having existed in this region for more than 20 years, we want to ensure our products, solutions, innovation, and quality has touched everyone.” Kärcher received an overwhelming response at Project Lebanon and was very happy with its participation in this key industry event. Lebanon is an important trade and re-export market not only because of the country's geographic location, but also because of its diaspora spread across the globe. Non-resident Lebanese, contribute to the country's economic development by driving investments into the country. Doing business in Lebanon is a gateway to other markets within the MENA region as well. Real estate sector requires highintensity cleaning jobs at and around construction sites and Kärcher has quality products for the industry. Mr Gebran E. Safi, Owner, 10

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Mecanix Shops SARL, Kärcher Professional dealer in Lebanon, said: “Construction companies are always on the look out for top products, be it in a market that's rebuilding or an already established market. In a new or a rebuilding phase of a market, the companies need long lasting products with a proven track record, for their investment to be secure. “In an already established market, the companies are always looking for ways to extend their existing assets like cleaning equipment, through experienced annual maintenance contracts. We have a variety of machines that suit every phase of the construction cycle.” Kärcher's products are of top quality with a proven track record of sound

investment for any construction company. The hot-water high-pressure, and ultra-high pressure machines from Kärcher's HD, HDS, and UHP ranges, effectively clean the toughest construction material dirt and stains including residual oil and grease, corrosion and concrete deposits. The machines from these ranges are also suitable for ready mix vehicles, backhoes, bulldozers, facades, and drain lines. Many of Kärcher's products were on display at the exhibition, with experts on hand demonstrating the features of each machine. Project Lebanon also featured a B2B matchmaking platform, an innovative or start-up pavilion, and live demonstrations. MAY JUNE 2017


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to raise the productivity of cassava by 30 percent. If we do not improve our practices in seed, weed and agronomy, we are incurring a lost opportunity of about 200 billion Naira annually from each of the three issues,” he explained. BASICS is commercially piloting two distinct pathways of seed delivery. In one, called Village Seed Entrepreneur (VSE) model, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Benue and with National Roots Crop Research Institute (NRCRI), in Abia, Imo, Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, the project is helping develop a network of 130 community

based seed enterprises. These VSEs will source certified stems of improved varieties of cassava from NRCRI and IITA to multiply and sell to the farmers in their vicinity. This way, the farmers will not have to go far to source quality stems for planting. In the second pilot called Processor Led Model (PLM), in partnership with Context Global Development, the project is working with large processors of cassava who will then make available quality stems to their outgrowers with a buy back arrangement for the roots produced. Slow and low multiplication ratio has been

a key constraint in cassava seed system. The project is piloting a new technology called Semi-Autotrophic Hydroponics (SAH) for vastly rapid seed multiplication. Once this technology from Argentina is adapted and perfected in Nigeria by the Project, it is expected to have a significant impact on the ability of early generation seed businesses to quickly bring suitable varieties within reach of farmers. The project is also working with National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) and Fera of UK to improve the quality certification system in Nigeria.

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Agricultural mechanization: en route to EIMA Agrimach The first round of meetings and conferences has launched the 2017 edition of the international agricultural mechanics review coming up next December in New Delhi. The stages from Bangalore, Pure, Ludhiana and

on to New Delhi for the presentation of the exposition have disclosed an increasing success for bringing to the capital business people from all the Indian states and the principal countries throughout the Asian area. The review of machinery

Case IH expands digital information offering with new app Case IH has launched the new Case IH Africa/Middle East App to help customers in the region make better-informed product decisions and to enable distributors to access machine specifications more easily and quickly. The new app provides comprehensive product information in a convenient, user-friendly way for users of iPads, tablets and smartphones and is compatible with Apple, Android and Windows devices. It can be downloaded free-of-charge in English and French under the search term 'Case IH Africa/Middle East.' The app gives easy access to technical specifications, product features and benefits for the entire range of Case IH equipment, including tractor and harvesting models, hay and forage tools, advanced farming systems, seeding, tillage and sprayers. In full screen mode the app also allows users to view product brochures, images and videos. Once downloaded, all these items are available without internet connection. Easy and intuitive navigation The Case IH Africa/Middle East app opens with a 3D wheel that enables the user to select an individual model. More detailed information is accessed via a series of images and "hot spots" - information trigger points with descriptions and close-up pictures. A useful comparison function allows users to evaluate key data from two different Case IH models side-by-side. Useful On-line information for distributors In addition to being helpful to customers, the new Case IH Africa/Middle East app will support the brand`s distribution network. A password-protected area gives distributors access to machine specifications and details. The app enables the Africa and Middle East network to reach all relevant e-documents with just one click.

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and technologies for agriculture, scheduled for December 3 to 5 in the Indian capital, is organized by FICCI, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Italian Federation of Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers, FederUnacoma. The tour was for reporting on the biennial event which this year marks its fifth edition on the heels of steady growth in the numbers of exhibiting companies and visitors. These travels ranged from stages in Bangalore, Pure, Ludhiana along with New Delhi with stops selected according to their importance in the agricultural sector where it was possible to meet with agricultural organizations, business people, Indian and international manufacturing industries and members of the media converging on the capital in December for the great exposition. The FederUnacoma director of the events office, Marco Acerbi, told the press conference, “The development of agriculture in India requires great investments in mechanization which must be adequate for the needs of the country as regards quantity as well as quality. An event like EIMA Agrimach is, in this direction, a fundamental point of reference. The FICCI Joint Director Jasmeet Singh declared, “The acquisition of agricultural machinery in India has shown impressive growth in these years and today this country is the world's leading market for tractors sold with a total of about 600,000 per year. But the mechanization course must take into account the MAY JUNE 2017


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specific needs for our various crops, the climate and weather conditions of Indian territories and differing farming models.” Singh went on to say, “For this, the event in Delhi is important, beyond a promotional and commercial event, as an occasion for the development of a network of cooperation among the manufacturing industries, the real farming conditions in the world and research and training.”

DuPont Announces Agreement with FMC DuPont (NYSE: DD) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with FMC Corporation (NYSE:

FMC) to divest a portion of DuPont's Crop Protection business, including certain research and development capabilities, and to acquire substantially all of FMC's Health & Nutrition business. The transaction includes consideration to DuPont of $1.6 billion to reflect the difference in the value of the assets, including cash of $1.2 billion and working capital of $425 million. The divestiture will satisfy DuPont's commitments to the European Commission in connection with its conditional regulatory clearance of the merger with Dow. “We believe this agreement is an excellent outcome that serves the best interests of all stakeholders, including our

shareholders, customers and employees,” said Edward D. Breen, chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont. “Our intended independent Agriculture company will continue to benefit from the combined, complementary strengths of DuPont and Dow, which will include greatly expanded offerings and a robust pipeline across seed germplasm, biotech traits, and crop protection to provide greater choice and innovation to growers around the world. At the same time, we are significantly enhancing our Nutrition & Health capabilities, a key area of growth and opportunity for the intended independent Specialty Products company.

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“This agreement with FMC is a win-win. It is procompetitive; it advances the regulatory approval process; and it maintains the strategic logic and value creation potential of our merger with Dow and the three independent companies we intend to create,” concluded Breen. The merger transaction is still expected to generate cost synergies of approximately $3 billion and growth synergies of $1 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, FMC will acquire DuPont's Cereal Broadleaf Herbicides and Chewing Insecticides portfolios - including Rynaxypyr®, Cyazypyr® and Indoxacarb. In addition, FMC will acquire the DuPont Crop Protection research and development pipeline and

organization, excluding seed treatment, nematicides, and latestage R&D programs, which DuPont will continue to develop and bring to market, and excluding personnel needed to support marketed products and R&D programs that will remain with DuPont. Following the divestiture, the Agriculture division of the merged company will retain strong crop protection assets, including an excellent portfolio in corn and soy broadleaf and grass control, a robust cereal weed control portfolio, DuPont's strong position in disease control, and Dow AgroSciences' industry leading insecticide portfolio. With its continued strength in R&D, the combined Agriculture division will be well positioned to accelerate growth, leveraging

strong pipelines in both seeds and chemistry to serve growers around the world with a robust portfolio of innovative solutions, greater choice, and competitive price for value. As part of the transaction agreement, DuPont will acquire FMC's Health & Nutrition business, which generated more than $700 million in revenues in 2016 from two main segments: texturants as food ingredients and pharmaceutical excipients. The business is highly complementary to DuPont's existing Nutrition & Health (N&H) business with opportunity for growth synergies. By integrating FMC's complementary Health & Nutrition business, DuPont will strengthen its N&H capabilities with broader offerings and an expanded footprint.

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Enjoy Bicolored Apples from Europe The third year of the Bicolored Apple campaign in the UAE market is slowly coming to the end. The three-year promotional strategy was mainly aiming at promoting bicolored apples, which include varieties grown in Europe (including but not limited to Champion, Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Jonaprince and Idared). It's worth to remember that the quality of European Bicolored Apples is under strict control for compliance with the high standards set up by the European Union. Exporters and Growers of European Bicolored Apples are equipped with the latest technical and technological solutions that allow not only for the separation and protection of apples, but also facilitate precise logistics management. Apples that reach the market of the United Arab Emirates are pre-selected and placed in refrigerated storage or controlled atmosphere storage. Then they hit the apple packing lines, where they are assessed and packaged. European apples are packed using high standards.

Packing rooms are equipped with innovative packaging lines that accommodate a wide variety of packaging - including cardboard, wood and plastic boxes, bags or trays. To guarantee that apples remain fresh, they are secured by the ethylene absorbers or special bags, which help create controlled atmosphere conditions. Apples are adequately protected and can be delivered anywhere in the world - fresh, aromatic, and juicy. The promotional strategy is sponsored by European Union. Please request information and our offers concerning Bicolored Apples from Europe to: ASSOCIATION OF POLISH DISTRIBUTORS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES "FRUIT UNION" Slomczyn 80, 05-600 Grojec, POLAND e-mail: biuro@uniaowocowa.pl Tel. +48 22 101 26 84 www.apples-europe.com


AGRAME REVIEW

AGRAME FACILITATES RAFT OF INTERNATIONAL JOINT-VENTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS

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graME, the region's specialist agribusiness, aquaculture and veterinary trade event, concluded at the Dubai World Trade Centre and was once again lauded by its visitors, exhibitors and governmental support bodies. Over 300 agriculture, poultry, livestock, aquaculture, and veterinary businesses from across the world took place at the event this year. In a recent survey, 96 per cent of exhibitors stated that AgaME is beneficial

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for their business whilst 88 per cent were successful in establishing new business contacts. The event played host to several significant jointventure announcements, facilitating millions of dollars' worth of contracts. Attended by His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, one of the more noteworthy announcements took place between Agthia Group and Anderson Hay & Grain Co.,

Inc., the number one hay exporter of the United States. Launching their first premium forage product under the Agrivita Marabe brand, Agthia announced their partnership with Anderson Hay at AgraME, underlining their commitment to support farming industry as well as the food security of the nation by providing superior quality feed solutions for the livestock of the country. Another significant deal that was struck at the exhibition this year was by vegetation MAY JUNE 2017


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technology specialists, Veggitech, and the Al Hidaya Global Group based in Saudi Arabia. The partnership will help the KSA based conglomerate bolster their vertical farming capabilities and product offerings. Commenting on the partnership, Ravi Shrotriya, CEO of Veggitech India, said; “We made a sale worth USD 1.8 Million at the three-day exhibition which wouldn't have happened if we didn't take part in AgraME this year. We have received a huge response from most countries across the Middle East, and we look forward to coming back next year.” The Chairman of Al Hidaya MAY JUNE 2017

Global Group, Saleh Salem M. Bahwini, also recognised AgraME as a leading platform to secure business in the region; “AgraME has given me the opportunity to find the right products for my business. Not only have we been able to purchase the latest vertical farming technology from Veggitech, we were able to find new ideas and gain information in the field of agriculture. I would advise all players in the industry to visit AgraME next year.” The aquaculture market in the MENA region has witnessed impressive growth in the past decade and is set to grow at an accelerated pace. The market is expected to witness production volume of 2.9 million tons by 2030. A recent report by Ventures Middle East cites growing population, geographical advantage, private sector investment and government support as major drivers of aquaculture productivity in the region. Initiatives and incentives are being established by the governments in different regions of MENA to harvest the potential of aquaculture. However, some of the challenges such as sustainability and volatility of the industry are yet to be overcome by the government. Kristine Albrechtsen, Business Development Manager for Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Inc. based in Denmark commented on how important industry event are to capture the growth potential of aquaculture in the Middle East; “The show is the biggest event for our company in the Middle East and our objective is to build our brand in the region. The response to our products have been good, we have been GULF AGRICULTURE

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able to meet all out old clients and forge new relationships with potential customers.” The exhibition was inaugurated by H.E. Sultan Bin Alwan Al Habsi, Assistant Undersecretary of Regions Sector at the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, who opened the first mornings conference with

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a discussion on water management, irrigation systems, urban farming and hydroponics. “Water is one of the most important resources in the UAE, and hence, the country has intensified its efforts to maintain the sustainability of groundwater reserves, develop the desalination industry and address unsustainable consumption

patterns. “As part of our efforts to enhance food security and diversity, we have taken a series of actions and measures, such as raising awareness among farm owners of the best methods and practices in agriculture, intensifying efforts to protect fish stocks and enhance the sustainability of the fisheries sector and its contribution to national food security, in addition to coordinating with local authorities and stakeholders to develop the National Animal Health Plan which aims to combat animal diseases and avoid its effects on the economy,” commented Al Habsi during his keynote session. Dr Roel Mulder, Secretary General for the World's Poultry Science Association, who spoke at the conference made sure to emphasise the importance of promoting biosecurity in poultry in the Middle East for the industry to thrive: “Better biosecurity provides peace of mind, a healthier flock and a more viable business. All poultry keepers need to be aware of the need for strict biosecurity and hygiene on their farms. The benefits: it helps to keep out exotic diseases such as Avian influenza and Newcastle disease, it reduces the risk of zoonotic diseases such as Salmonella. Biosecurity will improve overall flock health, reduce costs of disease treatment and reduce losses and improve profitability”. Organised by Informa Exhibitions, AgraME is held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and will take place next year from 6-8 March 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. MAY JUNE 2017


PLANTER BAGS

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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. MAY JUNE 2017


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PRIVA BRINGS PROJECTBASED COLLABORATION TO YOUR SCREEN

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n late 2015, Priva launched its video section entitled “The Grower Files”. In four short videos, notable growers from the Netherlands and abroad outline their vision regarding topical issues and issues of importance in greenhouse horticulture. Building on the success of those video reports, Priva is now launching a new series of videos entitled “Growing Together with...”. In this series, the emphasis will be on collaboration within the sector as the starting point when carrying out promising projects in greenhouse horticulture. The theme of the ongoing series called The Grower Files is: “From growers, for growers”. In this series, the key personalities are prominent entrepreneurs from a number of different sub-segments of the greenhouse horticulture sector. They provide viewers with an interesting insight into their vision and the philosophy of their businesses with regard to topics such as internationalization and water, climate and energy management. Judging by the many positive responses received from entrepreneurs who have viewed these short and informative videos, this approach has been successful. The old saying that “growers learn from growers” is still true to this day, even if the learning takes place using the very

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latest media. The fourth episode of The Grower Files is scheduled to be released in the coming months. Collaboration is coming your screen The positive elements and the experiences gained while producing The Grower Files will also be incorporated in this new initiative: Growing Together with… In this new series, the entrepreneurs themselves will not be at center-stage. Instead, the focus will be on projects that are enabling the horticulture sector to progress to a whole new level. In the past few years, a variety of similar stories have already appeared on the Priva website, focusing on solutions that the company is providing in the areas of climate, water, energy or fertilization. But the message can be brought across is a faster, more active and up to date way. This new series of video reports will show the collaboration that takes place between various parties. Growing Together with… will tell the story of how (large) state-ofthe-art horticultural projects actually come about. A process that can take years will be summarized in a captivating and stimulating video lasting just a few minutes. The intention is to get growers to start thinking about “there is something in it for me”.

Growing Together with … In many cases, it can take around five years to see stateof-the-art construction projects in the horticulture industry through to completion. Illustrating this in a short and concise way is no picnic, but rather a challenge that no other company has ever taken up before, but one which Priva believes will provide significant added value. New-build projects require collaboration and that enables everyone to MAY JUNE 2017


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GROWING TOGETHER WITH… WILL TELL THE STORY OF HOW (LARGE) STATE-OF-THE-ART HORTICULTURAL PROJECTS ACTUALLY COME ABOUT. A PROCESS THAT CAN TAKE YEARS WILL BE SUMMARIZED IN A CAPTIVATING AND STIMULATING VIDEO LASTING JUST A FEW MINUTES. THE INTENTION IS TO GET GROWERS TO START THINKING ABOUT “THERE IS SOMETHING IN IT FOR ME” grow together. That is why this new series will be called: Growing Together with … A key feature of the series will be the contact that takes place between the grower, as the end-customer, and Priva as MAY JUNE 2017

the supplier. The issues discussed will be of a practical nature, such as what went well, what problems arose and what pitfalls were encountered. In short - the creation of a promising greenhouse

horticulture project, from the drawing board right through to completion. The first episode of “Growing Together with ...” is scheduled for release this coming fall. The subject of that episode is the phased construction of NoordVliet, a location in Middenmeer in The Netherlands, belonging to tomato company CombiVliet. Look for the announcements on the social media! GULF AGRICULTURE

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GEOTHERMALLY HEATED GREENHOUSE REALIZED IN NO TIME IN HUNGARY

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hile in the Netherlands the first greenhouses are heated with geothermal energy, geothermal heating systems in Hungary have been used in greenhouses for many years. This Hungarian greenhouse construction project is an example of international cooperation, combining the knowledge of local Hungarian geothermal energy with the

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latest Dutch greenhouse construction techniques. In no time Through this efficient cooperation the Dutch greenhouse builder has been able to realize a geothermal heated greenhouse of 8,000 m2 in Hungary in record time. "In the second week of December, construction began in extremely cold weather

conditions, sometimes with -20°C, and on February 10 the greenhouse was ready for the tomato cultivation. The first sustainable tomatoes have already harvested, "says Dylan Schalke van Debets Schalke. Increasing demand for greenhouses "We also see an increasing demand for greenhouses in Hungary. The production MAY JUNE 2017


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factors of cultivation under glass are beneficial in Hungary. Due to low labor costs and cheap sustainable geothermal energy, the tomatoes of the Hungarian growers can be marketed at a relatively low cost. The client, the tomato company Agroszemek Kftd, expects to expand his greenhouses acreage in the upcoming years. "The next expansion of 16,500 m2 is currently under construction.", says Dylan Schalke. "Debets Schalke has been the "home supplier" of this leading Hungarian tomato grower. This client is one of MAY JUNE 2017

Hungary's largest tomato growers. The next expansion project of 16,500 m2 was launched in March and the first tomato plant was planted in May. To carry out the expansion orders enables us to think along with the customer and their growing ambitions. It is the art of being able to adapt to the long and short-term trend and realize greenhouses that are future-proof anywhere in the world! Sustainable tomato greenhouse With the two geothermal greenhouse construction expansion projects, the total

area of this grower is 80,000 m2, divided over 2 locations. Debets Schalke is responsible for the supply, delivery and construction of the greenhouses and its installations such as the screen installation, greenhouse heating and growing gutter installation. The tomatoes are grown for both the domestic and export markets. With the greenhouse expansions the grower expects to be able to serve multiple exporting countries. At this moment the main export countries are the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Romania. GULF AGRICULTURE

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hilips Lighting, a Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) company and the global leader in lighting, took a select group of leading global tomato growers, owners and consultants to visit three innovative French tomato growers with 100% LED installations during the fourth Philips High Wire Event. Philips Horticulture LED lighting is hosting the trips to the Kernoas greenhouse, with two seasons of experience growing with 100% LEDs, the Tomate Jouno greenhouse, specializing in year-round production of cherry tomatoes and Le Jardin de Rabelais, which grows vine and cherry tomatoes in its new Suprimair 3.4 ha greenhouse. “This year we are traveling to France, known for its refined cuisine. Over 90% of tomatoes produced in France are sold locally and there has been a strong move towards winter production to satisfy consumer demand,” says Udo van Slooten, manager of Philips Horticulture LED lighting. “This event presents a unique opportunity for the tomato community to gain new insights into how 100% LED installations can improve high wire tomato production from three leading innovators in one of Europe's biggest markets.” As the first large-scale French tomato grower to move to 100% LED, Guillaume Kerjean, co-owner of the Kernoas greenhouse, will share results from two seasons of growing the Plaisance cultivar on 1.7 ha with 105 µmol LED toplighting and a double row of 110 µmol LED interlighting. Kerjean says, “Our goal was to expand production of consistent, high quality

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FRENCH 100% LED TOMATO GROWERS SHARE EXPERTISE AT FOURTH PHILIPS HIGH WIRE EVENT MAY JUNE 2017


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tomatoes all year round. We have realized all that and more. Our tomatoes are tastier, we have increased our lighting hours and have saved 40% in energy costs.� The Tomate Jouno greenhouse, run by Christian Jouno, switched to growing year-round cherry and cocktail MAY JUNE 2017

tomatoes exclusively in 2002 with HPS lights. To do this, it places young plants in between its generative crop twice a year, but the light required by the young plants is usually intercepted by the leaves of the generative plants. Jouno moved to LED interlighting and toplighting because it offered

an energy efficient and sustainable way to increase winter production, without compromising on taste. By placing LED between the young plants they get a good start. The result is a shorter inter-node distance (from leaf to leaf) which results in a stronger plant. GULF AGRICULTURE

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STENDER: LEADING PRODUCER 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, field-tested 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 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-

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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.” 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 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. MAY JUNE 2017


MARTEX® PLANTING BAGS AND CONTAINERS THE COMPANY FROM POLAND OFFERING PRODUCTS FOR NURSERY SECTOR, AND FOR ORNAMENTAL, FRUIT, FOREST PLANT RAISING OR RECULTIVATION

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HUMIC SUBSTANCE PROMOTES THE GROWTH OF ROOT

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umintech is one of the worldwide largest organic fertilizer and humic substance producers, based in Grevenbroich, Germany. 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 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, 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

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

BioHealth® TH/BS WSG is 100% soluble

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.

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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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

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 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  Enhances the soil quality and 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.

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

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NEW OPTIONS FOR AVR CROP HANDLING, STORAGE EQUIPMENT

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ollowing a first smooth crop handling & storage season, in which potato machine manufacturer AVR launched the new Falcon receiving hopper and the Cobra store loader, they explain a number of options for the crop handling & storage equipment in more detail. Useful Gadgets on the Falcon: Speed Clean Option The user can activate the Speed Clean option to clean the PU spiral roller set by setting them to the boost position. The extremely high rotation speed removes soil residue. A safety cover provides protection against any flying debris. This option can be activated at the push of a button or with an automatic timed setting or combined with an automatic stop function.

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Adjustable Discharge Belt Narrowing Option The discharge belts on the Falcon are all 80 cm wide. If narrower conveyer belts (often 65 cm) are positioned behind the discharge belt, the filling hopper may be too narrow and cause spillage. By installing this simple slide system, the flow of product or soil can be narrowed down in order to prevent spillage. The slide is continuously adjustable and narrows the belt down to approx. max. 60 cm. The slide can easily be dismantled. Drive-in Lighting and Sliding Sensors for Tilt Detection Option The side panels can be fitted with LED lighting. This lighting not only makes the bunker more visible when driving into a barn

in the dark so that it is easier to drive in between the side panels, but it also switches off when the tilt unit has come far enough. The purpose of the design is to prevent damage by the driver. Depending on the length of the overhang of the tilt unit, the lighting sensor can be adjusted on the slide rail. Cobra Innovations: Feed Belt Option The additional feed belt between the duo belt and the store loader reduces the drop height (from every belt position) of the product flow, guaranteeing a soft landing for the potatoes. The product feed can be slowed down gradually from the duo belt towards the store loader in order to build up a thicker layer of product on the store loader belt. Slowing the product down prevents product damage. When the product arrives onto a full belt, it does not start to roll too fast. It immediately comes to a standstill, making it even more product-friendly. There is also the additional advantage that a full belt ensures an improved and more constant discharge when emptying the store loader. Additive spray equipment (powder/Mafex) can be used more efficiently by fitting it at the point of transition (improved product coverage), and is more accessible (e.g. for replenishing) compared to when this is fitted halfway up the rising conveyor belt. MAY JUNE 2017


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THE ALTERNATIVE TO THE AGRICULTURE THE ALTERNATIVE TO THE AGRICULTURE

MA/AG IS INNOVATION MA/AG IS INNOVATION THE COMPANY CELEBRATES 40 YEARS: THE OF CELEBRATES THE SUCCESS40 YEARS: THESECRET COMPANY THE SECRET OF From two people we are arrived to the actual 48. The personal Serena and Roberto, daughter and THE son-in-lawSUCCESS of the founder, tell the story, the key steps, and news and future projects of the bigdaughter family and son-in-law of the Serena and Roberto, founder, tell the story, the key steps, and news and Passion,future foresight and offlexibility. From 40 years MA/AG is projects the big family

synonymous of innovation and sustainability, in Italy and around the world. And, from that 21 October 1976, the company carriesMA/AG forward is Passion, foresight and flexibility. From 40 years thesynonymous philosophy of of innovation his founder: from the first day, the cav. Angelothe and sustainability, in Italy and around Ruggeri is convinced that the winning solutions must be found the world. And, from that 21 October 1976, the company carriesinforward alternative to the ploughing. A positive, decisive and different step for the philosophy of his founder: from the first day, the cav. Angelo theRuggeri Italian and international agriculture. is convinced that the winning solutions must be found in the Thealternative years passing marketA evolves, the and company remains to theaway, ploughing. positive, but decisive different step for faithful to these values which represent a distinctive the Italian and fundamental international agriculture. feature from passing the origins. founder today supported his The years away,The market evolves, butisthe companybyremains daughters Serena and Olha Ruggeri and by his son-in-law Roberto faithful to these fundamental values which represent a distinctive Rocchetti. storythe based on values family, union respect forby thehis feature A from origins. The asfounder today and is supported customers and for the collaborators. A story called MA/AG. daughters Serena and Olha Ruggeri and by his son-in-law Roberto Forty years ofA MA/AG andonten years MA/AG division, Rocchetti. story based values as of family, unionseeding and respect for the a new society added to the historic group in 2006. These customers and for the collaborators. A story called MA/AG.are the important goalsof celebrated by ten the years company in 2016. Serenadivision, and Forty years MA/AG and of MA/AG seeding Roberto the story, news and future projects thethe a newtell society addedthetokey thesteps, historic group in 2006. Theseofare bigimportant family. goals celebrated by the company in 2016. Serena and Roberto tell the story, the key steps, news and future projects of the Webig start from the very beginning: Which are the main values of family. the company? Family, unionfrom and the respect the customers and are for the the main collaborators. We start veryforbeginning: Which values of These are the fundamental aspects, always present, and that still continue. the company? Family, union and respect for the customers and for the collaborators. These are the fundamental aspects, always present, and that still continue.

relationships are the leitmotif of the company together with foresight, which commercial value. to In the the 80’s, Fromis the two main people we are arrived actualMA/AG 48. Thebrought personal on relationships the market are something different: it was the period of ploughs the leitmotif of the company together with foresight, andwhich rotaryis harrows. have introduced for the mainWe commercial value. Ininnovative the 80’s, equipment MA/AG brought a less invasive working that, at the same time, guarantee an elevate on the market something different: it was the period of ploughs productivity less impact onintroduced the environment. In equipment actual fact,for and rotaryand harrows. We have innovative regarding the preparation theatsoil, been a change: a less invasive working of that, thethere samehas time, guarantee anfrom elevate theproductivity five consolidate to only andpassages less impact onone. the environment. In actual fact, regarding the preparation of the soil, there has been a change: from Forty of activity.passages Which istothe secret? the years five consolidate only one. The aptitude to realize, in advance, innovative and sophisticate equipment thatofareactivity. able to solve problems and necessities of demanding Forty years Which is the secret? customers. In the 90’s the agronomic theory has changed, putting The aptitude to realize, in advance, innovative and sophisticate great attention on the part of the users about saving and impact on equipment that are able to solve problems and necessities of demanding thecustomers. environment. timethe immemorial, our In From the 90’s agronomicsustainable theory hasagriculture changed, isputting philosophy. It’s an instinctive us to thinksaving in thisand way.impact on great attention on the partreaction of the for users about MA/AG has always From goingtime on its way and perseverance and tenacity the environment. immemorial, sustainable agriculture is our during these years rewarded us. reaction for us to think in this way. philosophy. It’s an instinctive MA/AG has always going on its way and perseverance and tenacity These kind of choices made the during these years rewarded us. company a more innovative reality and a point of reference in the Italian and international panorama. Every daykind we enter in contact with Butinnovative on the market These of choices made themultinationals. company a more reality we and are required because of theinnews we always a point of reference the Italian andintroduce. international panorama. Forty years in this with sector means a lot. But We on are the a small Every dayofweexperience enter in contact multinationals. market reality, butrequired we are because endowedofwith flexibility that introduce. allows us to be ready we are the news we always to modify quickly our production according to the customer’s Forty years of experience in this sector means a lot. We demand. are a small It isreality, important being able to listen. And the constructive criticism but we are endowed with flexibility that allows us to of be the ready customers enables us to reach best results. to modify quickly our production according to the customer’s demand. It is important being able to listen. And the constructive criticism of the customers enables us to reach best results.

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xpansion of marine aquaculture is widely predicted to fill the protein supply-demand gap as the global population approaches nine billion. Despite the vastness of the ocean, selection of optimal aquaculture sites requires application of modern tools and expert knowledge, particularly with regard to predicting, understanding and managing environmental impacts. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process therefore plays a key role in the sustainable expansion of aquaculture, and it is often a mandatory component of proposed larger-scale aquaculture developments. BMT Oceanica's Principal Marine Scientist, Dr. Glenn Shiell and BMT WBM's Technical and Innovation Manager, Dr. Michael Barry, describe a state-of-the-art EIA approach to assessing the potential impacts of sea cage operations in coastal environments. Drawing on recent work for the proposed aquaculture facility near Geraldton, Western Australia, both Shiell and Barry highlight the application of a novel recovery module, with the capability to predict seafloor recovery times during fallowing. As the world's population grows and wild capture fisheries decline, it is expected that aquaculture will expand rapidly to meet an expected global supply shortfall in seafood, and more generally, in protein stocks. 'Getting to Eden', a report by the global action network, Fishing for a Future (http://www.fishingfuture.org/ab out-us/), suggests the shortfall in

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AS THE WORLD'S POPULATION GROWS AND WILD CAPTURE FISHERIES DECLINE, IT IS EXPECTED THAT AQUACULTURE WILL EXPAND RAPIDLY TO MEET AN EXPECTED GLOBAL SUPPLY SHORTFALL IN SEAFOOD, AND MORE GENERALLY, IN PROTEIN STOCKS

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fish protein could reach 62 million tonnes annually by 2030 if not addressed via reduction of waste, improvement in fisheries management and the expansion of aquaculture. As reliance on aquaculture increases globally, so too does the requirement for modern tools and techniques to better predict and manage the associated environmental impacts. Indeed, as the scale and number of operations increases, so too does the complexity of the environmental impacts, and the level of scrutiny applied to them by regulators, the general public and even the aquaculture industry itself. Recent controversies in Tasmania and increasing public perceptions of the alleged link between aquaculture and visible environmental degradation have put a spotlight on these issues. It is very clear that development of aquaculture however important to food security - must be undertaken using the best possible tools for predicting both the instantaneous and cumulative effects of aquaculture, to provide confidence that the impacts are negligible, or if not small and entirely manageable. Despite recent advances in the development and use of numerical tools to assist with environmental impact assessment, the industry still falls somewhat short of being able to provide 'off the shelf' and fully integrated models capable of reliably determining the aerial extent of benthic and water column impacts and associated recovery rates during 36

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fallowing. Having access to tools that can offer these insights is often of interest to government departments so that they can provide robust and defensible advice to key stakeholders (e.g. regulators and the general public) on environmental impacts. More practically, the application of such tools can help to minimize the risk of undue criticism, better inform public perceptions and improve confidence in the environmental approvals process, leading to better outcomes for the public and industry. In partnership with the University of Western Australia (UWA), BMT recently developed a novel and innovative suite of modelling tools to assist the Western Australian Department of Fisheries (DoF) in its assessment of a proposed aquaculture operation in the southern Abrolhos Islands, off the west coast of Australia (the Mid-West Aquaculture Development Zone, MWADZ). BMT and UWA took existing water column and benthic biogeochemical numerical tools and built extensions to allow for the numerical simulation of: the trajectory of released particulate waste and surplus feed and their final resting points on the seafloor; their subsequent saltation (if any) and lateral benthic migration; their eventual benthic accumulation; and then finally the remineralisation of accumulated particles and the associated sediment cleansing over subsequent multiannual periods. Some of these modelling

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techniques are not new, however their linkage, dynamic application over multiannual periods and use to examine detailed sedimentology during fallowing is unique. Specifically, this approach allowed, for the first time in Australia, the robust investigation of predicted water column and benthic recovery times of different proposed cage configurations, and assessment of these against legislated acceptability criteria. Understanding these processes provided DoF with the opportunity to prepare a robust and scientifically defensible EIA for the MWADZ, to estimate the carrying capacity of the zone and provide advice on the

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approach to operation management; all of which provided confidence to the regulator that the proposed development could be sustainably managed, without compromising the prescribed environmental values. BMT's knowledge of the regulatory criteria enabled the DoF to custom build an

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AS RELIANCE ON AQUACULTURE INCREASES GLOBALLY, SO TOO DOES THE REQUIREMENT FOR MODERN TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES TO BETTER PREDICT AND MANAGE THE ASSOCIATED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

integrated model capable of answering highly specific questions asked by the regulator. The model not only predicted the zones of impact, but also assisted regulators to understand how to manage differing production scenarios through a series of timed fallowing events. An effective EIA is key to gaining approval for any proposed aquaculture development zones. Having an integrated team of experts who can deliver the specific requirements for the EIA and provide a practical understanding of the potential constraints faced by fish farmers has undoubtedly raised the bar and set the benchmark for a new best practice approach.

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