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GLOBAL PLATFORM FOR AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

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ALYASEEN AGRI. AT THE FOREFRONT OF SAUDI AGRICULTURE

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EIMA: AN EVENT MORE INTERNATIONAL THAN EVER

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SIMA 2017: A SOLUTION-ORIENTED AND FORWARD-LOOKING EDITION

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GERMAN ORGANIC FERTILIZER AND HUMIC SUBSTANCE PRODUCERS

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EMIRATES BIO FERTILIZER FACTORY: MORE FOCUS ON ORGANIC FARMING AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

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International Green Week Berlin 2017 It is certain to be one of the real highlights of the International Green Week Berlin 2017 (20-29 Jan.): Fjord Ponies will be featured at the world’s leading exhibition for agriculture, food and horticulture for the first time, in Hall 25, the Livestock Hall. On 28 and 29 January the organisation representing Fjord Ponies (IGF) and the Brandenburg-Anhalt Horse Breeders’Association will be collaborating with the German Equestrian Federation (FN) to stage the FN National Show for Fjord Stallions. On 28 January these stallions will then be shown to a panel of judges. The ‘Vikings’ Dun Horses’ will be presented

individually on the triangular track, standing, walking and trotting, and then arranged around the show ring. At the time the show takes place the Fjord Pony stallions that will be accepted must be four years or older and registered in the Stallion Book I of one of the breeding associations affiliated to the FN. The judges will be choosing an overall winner from among the young stallions, an FN national champion stallion and an overall winner among the older stallions. On 29 January the public will be able to see the Fjord Ponies in general presentations. These dun-coloured ponies from the Norwegian coastal region have been long

established in their native country as versatile horses for working in harness, especially in agriculture. They were ideal as draught, pack and riding horses on family farms. They can cope well with the harsh living conditions and are able to fulfil all the tasks required of them. The stud book register was introduced in 1864 and thoroughbred breeding has continued ever since then.

Biostimulants: InVivo Agriculture and Valagro sign a co-development and distribution agreement The leading French agricultural cooperative Group InVivo and Valagro S.p.A. announced that they have signed an agreement

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on co-development and distribution. According to the agreement, InVivo Agriculture will distribute, in the French market, some of the most innovative Valagro biostimulant solutions, specifically designed to enhance crop productivity and quality, as well as to meet the nutritional needs of row crops and French wine grape varieties. For InVivo Agriculture, this agreement is aligned with its 2025 strategy, which has defined the offer of topnotch biocontrol and biostimulants products to their cooperatives and farmers as a top priority. InVivo was advised by Laurent Vermer from Future Food Partners in the structuring and negotiation of the agreement.

Laurent Martel, General Manager of InVivo Agriculture said: “This year after the acquisition of Bioline, the specialist of biocontrol in greenhouses, this agreement with Valagro reinforces our commitment to becoming a leader in the supply of biocontrol solutions and biostimulant in the French, European and North American market. The co-development and distribution agreement allows both companies to strenghten the offer of sustainable and innovative solutions to the benefit of the French growers.” Valagro, a global leader in the production and commercialization of biostimulants and specialty

nutrients, has always been committed to helping farmers to do more with less in providing innovative and effective solutions for both nutrition and care of plants. Every year, the Valagro Group invests more than 4% of its annual turnover in its R&D efforts to develop new solutions, focusing on biostimulants and the biological sector (biocontrol and biofertilizers) in particular. Mr. Giuseppe Natale, CEO of Valagro, commented: "We believe that it is critically important to offer concrete, innovative and more personalized solutions, which meet the real needs of our customers and InVivo is a strategic partner to achieve this ambitious objective. This

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New MF 300 Xtra Series tractors available exclusively through official Massey Ferguson Dealers Massey Ferguson, a worldwide brand of AGCO (NYSE:AGCO, reports that its recently-launched MF 300 Xtra tractors with exclusive features and comprehensive after-sales support are now available to purchase new exclusively through the official MF Dealer Network.

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This range of 50-85hp multipurpose, entry-level tractors was unveiled earlier this year at the US-Africa Business Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “Massey Ferguson’s extensive Distributor and Dealer Network is trained by us and is qualified to provide sales and full back-up for our products,” says Thierry Lhotte, Massey Ferguson VicePresident Marketing, Europe/Africa/Middle East. “The new MF 300 Xtra tractors and the wide-ranging after-sales services we offer are available only from accredited Massey Ferguson Dealers. They alone are authorised to sell and support brand-new MF 300 Xtra models which come equipped with exclusive features including sun canopy, front weights, drawbar and trailer tipping pipe.” “Our highly-professional

Massey Ferguson Dealer Network is what sets us apart and protects our customers,” Mr Lhotte emphasises. “Through these outlets, Massey Ferguson customers have access to the complete range of the MF 300 Xtra Tractor Series, 12-month warranty supported by fully qualified MF Dealer technicians, genuine AGCO Parts, maintenance and service programmes, training and advice. Only official outlets holding a Massey Ferguson franchise can offer our factorybacked support.” Mr. Lhotte concludes, “To purchase an MF 300 Xtra tractor with full warranty and all the benefits of the MF Brand, customers must go through a genuine Massey Ferguson Dealer.” Other key elements in the

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Brandt specialty fertilizers help grower set new world record for soybean yield BRANDT, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of specialty Ag products, has announced that its new proprietary nutrition products were a key part of Randy Dowdy’s 2016 soybean fertility program and were among the crop inputs credited with helping set the new world record for soybean yield. Randy Dowdy is a wellknown local and national yield champion and consultant for corn and soybean production. BRANDT has been working with Dowdy and his test plots

over the last few years, with the goal of helping him elevate his corn and soybean nutrition program to maximize quality and yield. BRANDT Territory Sales Manager, Katherine Williams, worked with Dowdy and Southern States on a fertility program used on Dowdy’s 3.15 acre soybean test plot for the 2016 Georgia Soybean Production Contest. BRANDT products used in the Dowdy’s 2016 soybean fertility program include: BRANDT Smart Quatro® and Manni-Plex® high performance foliar nutrients; and N-Boost® bio yield enhancer. These products are part of BRANDT’s core soybean nutrition program designed to help soybeans reach their full genetic potential. “Congratulations to Dowdy

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on this great achievement. We would like to thank Mr. Dowdy and Southern States for entrusting BRANDT and including our nutritional products in the fertility program for this yield contest,” said Williams. “We are honored to have the opportunity to work with progressive, record breaking growers of Mr. Dowdy’s caliber.” University of Georgia oversees the Georgia Soybean Production Contest. In 2014, Dowdy broke Georgia’s soybean record with a 110.66 bushel per acre harvest. Dowdy also won the National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest in 2014 – harvesting 503 bushels per acre. “We are so proud of this great

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achievement and thankful for all of the great people and companies that helped contribute to this soybean record. I would like to give special thanks to BRANDT. I continue to be impressed with the performance of BRANDT’s nutrition products and the company’s innovation in plant health.” said Dowdy. “Thank to you to Katherine and the entire BRANDT team for helping us craft what I believe to be one of the best soybean fertility programs available today.” About BRANDT: A leading agricultural company, BRANDT consists of three divisions—Specialty Formulations, Retail Agronomy and Dealer Support—serving growers around the globe. Founded in 1953 by Glen

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Biobest’s tailor-made solution for pest control in cut roses tackles thrips already at the egg stage The use of the predatory mite Euseius gallicus, commercialized by Biobest under the trade name ‘Dyna-

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Mite® G-System’ started in early 2014 in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Biobest researcher Juliette Pijnakker is very satisfied with the steady progress of this biocontrol strategy in cut roses. “It’s a unique strategy and there are different reasons for its strong performance.” says Juliette. “Euseius gallicus is well adapted to roses and it can establish a strong population before the pest even appears with the support of our NutrimiteTM food supplement. Recent work shows there is yet another strong factor in favour of gallicus. Biobest researcher Dominiek Vangansbeke proved the capacity of the predator to tackle thrips at the egg stage. Recalling the history of the new development, Juliette explains that this species of predatory mite was found in 2011 in a commercial greenhouse on

Rosa cv. Red Naomi. Extensive cage and field trials on roses were carried out in the Netherlands and Belgium. The predatory mite’s potential to control western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalis and greenhouse whitefly Trialeurodes vaporariorum was well documented. It was also shown to contribute to spider mite control. “The real breakthrough came when Biobest introduced Nutrimite™, a food supplement based on pollen of the bulrush Typha angustifolia L. in 2013. With a biweekly application of 500 grams per hectare when pest pressure is low, Euseius gallicus reaches a density of 1 to 2 predatory mites per rose leaf. With A. swirskii it’s rare to even reach a level of 1 predatory mite per 3 leaves,” explains Juliette.

Interpoma 2016 – tomorrow’s apple looks at new varieties and new markets Respecting a trend that was already evident last year, in 2016 the production of apples in the European Union will see a decrease of about 3% compared to 2015. Among the main reasons for this are the frosts during the winter in several areas of Central Europe, including Slovenia, Austria, Croatia and Hungary. Overall, in the 21 main European apple producing countries (including Britain), a production of 12.005 million tonnes is forecast for 2016, compared to 12.325 million tonnes in the previous year. These are some of the figures revealed on 4 August in Hamburg during the 2016 edition of Prognosfruit, the

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annual itinerant conference organised by WAPA (World Apple and Pear Association). Given the substantial hold of the sector there will be a normal production situation in Europe on the eve of Interpoma, the only event in the world dedicated exclusively to the

apple sector, taking place from 24 to 26 November 2016 in the Bolzano trade fair district. Regarding the main producing countries, the 2016 forecast for Poland gives an upward trend of around +4%, from 3.979 million to 4.150 million tonnes, whereas Italy is

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perfectly in line with 2015, with an expected 2.282 million tonnes (approx.). The negative forecast for France sticks out, with a -7% compared to last year, but then moving back just above the levels of two years ago. In particular, WAPA figures for the transalpine country give 1.564 million tonnes, compared to 1.674 million in 2015. The opposite is true for Germany which, on the eve of the 2016 campaign, sees a forecast of +8%, with 1.052 million tonnes compared to 973,000 tonnes last year. In sharp recovery is also Spain, with a +6% on last year. This means 509,000 tonnes, compared to 482,000 tonnes in 2015. The situation is very critical in general in various parts of Central Europe, because of the frosts last winter. There are negative signs with double figures in several countries such as Austria (-88%), Slovenia (-83%), Croatia (-65%), Slovakia (-58%) and the Czech Republic (-28%). But also -20% in Portugal, whereas Great Britain maintains the levels of last year, or slightly higher (+3%). Operators meeting at Interpoma 2016 will therefore discuss how to address, in years of normal production (2015 and 2016 appear to be very similar from this standpoint) and without excessive stocks to be disposed of, problematic situations like the continuation of the Russian embargo, which has almost completely cut trade ties with Western Europe, and the dynamics that various traditional markets are undergoing, where the new generations have definitely reduced their demand for apples. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not so much the needs of consumers that have SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016


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The gardening exhibition, EIMA International’s “green oasis” The world of gardening and groundskeeping will come into its own in November. Industries arriving from all parts of the world specializing in the manufacture of machinery and equipment for the maintenance of lawns, hedges, gardening and sports grounds will be on hand in EIMA Green, the international salon in the sector scheduled for the Bologna Trade Fair Center as a feature of EIMA International, the great agricultural machinery and equipment exposition on stage from November 9 to 13. Over the EIMA days, more than 240,000 business people are expected from 140 countries. In this setting, the salon focused on gardening will take over three pavilions, 33, 34 and 33 II, for a total exhibition area greater than 13,000 m2 allocated to specialized industries presenting their technologies. Also planned for the Bologna event is a heavy schedule of meetings on various issues and training seminars dealing with the markets plus an occasion for monitoring demand for various product types, on the international markets but also Italian market. The sales in Italy that last year had reported a 1.3% increase with 1 million 234 units of machinery and equipment sold last year. Sales over the first six months of 2016 confirmed the trend followed in the same period in 2015 and are expected to continue at positive levels equal to those which prevailed in the same period last year. A closer look at the general trend discloses differences among the various types of

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merchandise due to weather conditions determining variations in the growth of plants which can lower or increase demand for machinery for specific operations. In this connection, analyses by Comagarden, the association in FederUnacoma which represents industries in the gardening sector, and Morgan, which compiles statistics in the sector, point to 2016 results in line with last year for mowers and chainsaws with a final balance expected to come to 284,000 and 347,000 units respectively this year, and a 3% increase for brush cutters and cultivators at 259,000 and 32,000 units respectively.

Nutriad strengthens Digestive Performance team Nutriad, Belgium based multinational feed additives producer, appointed Daniel Fernando Ramírez as Business Development Manager Digestive Performance. The digestive performance platform focuses on the digestive system as the key towards healthy and performing animals. Mr. Ramírez received degrees in veterinary medicine and animal production at the UAM

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and UNAM universities in Mexico, and completed an MBA at the Porto Business School in Portugal. He has several years of experience as veterinary expert in research programs and as a senior commercial manager in the feed industry. He will team up with Tim Goossens, to support Nutriad’s Digestive Performance portfolio. Mr. Ramírez stated: “I look forward to helping further developing this product range, as it offers exciting solutions in today’s animal production business. The way Nutriad applies its strong scientific record in this field towards practical solutions is a benchmark in the industry.” Nutriad delivers products and services to over 80 countries through a network of own sales offices and distributors. Supported by 4 application laboratories and 5 manufacturing facilities on 3 continents. Find out more at www.nutriad.com

Root Capital and The MasterCard Foundation to Increase Incomes for 300,000 Farmers in West Africa Impact investing pioneer Root Capital announced at the African Green Revolution Forum a new

partnership with The MasterCard Foundation that will help raise incomes for over 300,000 smallholder farmers in West Africa. The Foundation has committed $5.2 million to Root Capital over five years to support early-stage agricultural businesses that generate transformational impact in rural communities in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Senegal. “With Root Capital we will help to bring much-needed financing and capacity building to businesses in West Africa that work with farmers otherwise excluded from the formal economy,” said Ann Miles, Director of Financial Inclusion and Youth Livelihoods at The MasterCard Foundation. “We see this as a good avenue to help increase incomes and opportunities for 4,000 employees of agricultural businesses, 300,000 smallholder farmers, and over two million farm family members.” Without access to predictable markets for their crops, small-scale rural farmers are often forced to accept lower prices for their crops and find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty. While the global credit supply for smallholders has grown in recent years, it is

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geographically skewed with less than 10 percent of financial flows reaching subSaharan Africa. Over the seven years that Root Capital has worked in West Africa, it has provided loans of between $50,000 and $2 million to 52 agricultural businesses that have raised incomes for nearly 12,000 employees and over 190,000 smallholder farmers. Root Capital has also scaled its advisory program in the region, offering agricultural business leaders a suite of training modules to develop the leadership and financial management skills they need to grow and sustain their businesses. “With the support of The MasterCard Foundation, Root Capital will be able to

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obvious to the customer. Therefore Joordens Zaden gives high contamination guarantees for all its products, sometimes even of 0%. To comply with the high quality requirements, Joordens cleans all components within the production process thoroughly after each product change. The forty-year old screw conveyor that transports the seeds into the mixer was always difficult to clean and took one and a half hours to clean each time. As product changes are made at least once to sometimes three or four times each day, the screw conveyor was the limiting factor in the production process. To increase the capacity of its production process, Joordens looked for a new transport system that would enable it to increase the capacity of its production process and reduce cleaning costs. The new transport system had to be fast and easy to clean and have a minimum capacity of 75 m3 per hour. Extremely gentle transport, without the slightest chance of damage, was a requirement. The system also had to be suitable for a minimum height of 8 metres.

Van Aarsen introduces new feeding device for its GD hammer mill to minimise explosion risk Employees, production equipment, and buildings are valuable assets. By minimising the required maintenance and maximising the service life of expensive grinding installations, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also possible to ensure that they are much more cost-effective. In order to further minimise explosion risk, Van Aarsen has introduced an innovative feeding device with an integrated heavy parts separator (also known as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;stone catcherâ&#x20AC;?) for its GD hammer mill. The GD hammer mill with feeding device from Van Aarsen is also ATEX-certified. When dust comes into contact with an ignition source, such as sparks, in an oxygen rich environment, there is a risk of explosion, and that is exactly what happens when the grinding process for grains and organic materials is started or stopped in a hammer mill. Van Aarsen develops and manufactures machines for the production of compound feeds and premixes for the animal feed industry. It is also a leader in developing new techniques for minimising explosion risk without compromising the efficiency and quality of the grinding process. As such, Van Aarsen has now introduced an innovative feeding device with an integrated heavy parts separator for metal objects, stones, and other heavy objects. The heavy parts separator detects such objects and removes them to prevent them from being fed into the hammer mill and causing sparks. Van Aarsen has optimised its heavy parts separator by automating the removal of metal objects and stones and by the combination of this removal with the screen exchange process. SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016

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SAUDI AGRICULTURE PREVIEW

GLOBAL PLATFORM FOR AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

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audi Agriculture, the 35th International Agriculture, Water and Agro Industry Exhibition which will take place from October 2 to 5, 2016 at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Held under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture, and with the support of Saudi Organic Farming Association, the 35th edition of this highly successful and leading show

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enjoys international participation of well known agriculture and food companies from around the world including national and country pavilions from Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands, Turkey, and the UAE as well as individual participation from Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Jordan, Korea,

Lebanon, Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sudan, UK, Ukraine, USA and Zambia. This year's Exhibition revolves around â&#x20AC;&#x153;Investing in Sustainable Food Securityâ&#x20AC;? highlighting the organic farming and its products, in addition to the Fish Farming which is in line with the latest government strategy that aims at achieving sustainable food security. The Kingdom's largest SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016


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Agriculture B2B Event and the region's most renowned agricultural and technologies show brings together more than 300 local, regional and international industry professionals, key decision makers, business leaders and suppliers to explore numerous investment and partnership opportunities and discuss latest Industry trends with international importers, trade buyers, as well as local and regional food manufacturers. For 35 consecutive years, SAUDI AGRICULTURE, held concurrently with SAUDI AGRO FOOD, the 23rd international Trade Exhibition for Food Products, Ingredients & Technologies and SAUDI FOOD PACK, the 6th International

THE 35TH EDITION OF THIS HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL AND LEADING SHOW ENJOYS INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION OF WELL KNOWN AGRICULTURE AND FOOD COMPANIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD Trade Show for Food Processing & Packaging, has reinforced its leadership position in the field of agricultural and food development and the industries associated with it, and proved its effective contribution to the growth and development of this sector in Saudi Arabia and its elevation to international standards.

The 15,000 square meter exhibition space will be transformed into a key meeting destination for thousands of qualified exhibitors and visitors, including but not limited to Agronomists, Engineers & Technicians, Farmers, Food Traders & Importers, Food Wholesalers, Government Representatives, Manufacturers, Project Managers, Researchers and Scientists. Registration is now open for visitors so please register now to meet leading local and international companies showcasing the latest products, technologies and services that meet the needs of the Saudi agricultural and food sector.

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ALYASEEN AGRI. AT THE FOREFRONT OF SAUDI AGRICULTURE THE CHALLENGES AND THE SOLUTIONS

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he Saudi agricultural market has reached a high level of development and sophistication but still there are new challenges that should be overcome. The government in its endeavor to find a delicate balance between food security and water security has restructured the agricultural sector by suspending its buying of local wheat, by encouraging large dairy projects to bring the fodder from out of the country sources, by handsomely subsidizing of up to 70% of the cost of new irrigation technologies, by prohibiting export of melon, watermelon, potatoes and onion, and finally

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by giving liberal loans to investors to shift to produce under water efficient glass/green houses. Alyaseen Agri. Mission: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Provide Efficient Costeffective Solutions to its Customersâ&#x20AC;? neatly fit to be put into action at this stage of historical development. In actual fact Alyaseen Agri. had already built its reputation and market differentiation based on providing solutions rather than a mere material sales. Alyaseen Agri. provide its customers with innovative and tested solutions from world renowned international suppliers with efficient water

use, high yield, superior quality produce, and a decent customer financial return are all in its mind. Market driven well experienced agronomists back-up after sales services to ensure customers satisfaction and loyalty. Alyaseen Agri. range of items comprise highly productive hybrid vegetable and forage seeds, specialty high grade soluble and granular fertilizers, IPM systems and biological control items, labor saving efficient machinery, public health products, first rate agrochemicals, all of which gain the customers satisfaction and acceptance.

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EIMA PREVIEW

EIMA: AN EVENT MORE INTERNATIONAL THAN EVER

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he review of machinery and equipment for agriculture and grounds keeping, EIMA, set for next November 9 to 13 in Bologna, is confirming its international calibration. Among some 1,900 exhibiting industries appearing more than 40 of them are arriving from abroad along with business people from 140 countries. Moreover, the event is drawing 80 official delegations from 70 countries. The International Office of FederUnacoma - the Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation, in the National Manufacturers Confederation, organizing the event - is collaborating with the ICE Foreign Trade Agency on special programs for foreign delegations of groups of business people from around Europe, the Americas,

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the African continent, the Asian countries as well as Australia. The plans for these foreign delegations call for a heavy schedule of meetings with exhibiting industries organized according to the special interests of business people in various types of products. The 2014 edition of EIMA International featured some 3,000 meetings set up for foreign delegations and those scheduled for the upcoming edition will be held in a specific area and include services provided by interpreters and commercial consultants. The larger number of delegations arriving for this year's edition is 80 organized by ICE and 10 more outside the ICE program compared to a total of the 60 official ICE

delegations in 2014 so a further substantial increase in B2B meetings is expected to be planned for the upcoming EIMA. In addition to these contacts planned ahead of time there will be an enormous group of individual business people with their own agendas for meetings in the stands and the specialized salons, EIMA Components, EIMA Green, EIMA Energy and EIMA M.i.A., to deal directly with the technologies presented for all types of agricultural operations among some 50,000 models exhibited in the 14 merchandise categories and the specialized salons, EIMA Components, EIMA Green, EIMA Energy and EIMA M.i.A. Arriving for the 2014 edition were 39,000 single business people attending among the 236,000 visitors registered. Also many of the conferences organized for the exposition will take on an international slant, beginning with an international assembly on the issue Agricultural Mechanization: the New European Agenda organized by FederUnacoma and CEMA, representing European Agricultural Manufacturers interests, and the world Agrievolution association. The conference will be held in the morning of November 9th with political figures and representatives from European Union institutions in attendance. SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016


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SIMA PREVIEW

SIMA 2017: A SOLUTION-ORIENTED AND FORWARD-LOOKING EDITION

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he trade show SIMA, the International AgriBusiness Show, will take place from 26 February to 2 March 2017 at the ParisNord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, France. In a particularly sensitive environment, this 77th edition of the show aims to get even closer to its visitors' concerns. It will showcase tried and tested solutions while offering a look into the future of the farming profession in the next ten years from the perspectives of manufacturers, start-ups and their innovations. "The next SIMA will more than ever before be oriented towards tangible solutions, capable of addressing the problems faced by the farming world today,” announces Martine Dégremont, the director of the show. “The ambition of this worldrenowned event is twofold:

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regaining trust at a time when the sector is facing decisive challenges, and putting forward a prospective vision which opens up new perspectives, through the central theme for 2017: “Being a farmer in 10 years”. As for the concept of innovation, which is part of SIMA's DNA, it will be an integral part of the special events, talks and meetings which will run throughout the forthcoming edition.” AN EDITION HELD UNDER THE BANNER OF SHARING As a meeting place for all types of agriculture and all sizes of farm, SIMA's mission is to federate and pass on solutions and technologies for highperformance and sustainable development of agriculture all over the world. In this regard, the notion “producing more and better” will

take centre stage at the show through several events, among which: the SIMAAfrican Summit, an international conference dealing with sustainable mechanisation, echoing the agreement signed by the European Agricultural machinery industry association CEMA and the FAO; the SIMA Dealers' Day-ting, a day dedicated to exhibitors and dealers from around the world featuring convivial occasions to meet up; and SIMAAgTech, a programme of events revolving around technology to support the sustainable intensification of farming. INNOVATION FIRST #2: BEING A FARMER IN 10 YEARS The next edition of SIMA will more than ever before be aligned with the topics that matter to the sector, thanks to the theme “Being a farmer in 10 years” which will be developed into four areas: digital, genomics, ecological economics and robotics. This theme will also come to life at the show in the form of several highlights such as the “Future-oriented Space”, a laboratory for new ideas in farming; the projects of students from French and international engineering schools, international meetings to discuss the challenges of farming specialities, the portraits of innovative farmers and the Startup Village… not to mention the Innovation Gallery which will display the 2017 vintage of the SIMA Innovation Awards. SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016


     


INTERVIEW

PLANTER BAGS

WANGARA HORTICULTURAL SUPPLIES: LARGEST SUPPLIER OF EASY-FILL™ PLANTER BAGS AND TOP QUALITY HORTICULTURAL PRODUCTS TO THE MIDDLE EAST Geoff Stowe Director Wangara Horticultural Supplies

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: Why are your products so highly valued in the Middle East market? The original design of our products was made with the Australian market in mind. After visiting the Middle East, we found that the growers there had many of the same challenges that Australian growers were facing. Our products stood up to the harsh and extreme climate in the Middle East, just as they did in Australia. We use only top grade virgin materials and our UV additives are of the highest quality available. Cheap imitations do not hold up in the extreme climate and do not last. What may seem like a bargain buy, will cost more in labour and investment to replant and replace. Q: What makes WHS an industry leader? With over 18 years of experience with a product that we innovated and perfected, customers have come to rely on our industry knowledge and customer support. Universities and government agencies have entrusted Easy-Fill™ for many years. Our customer base has grown to include Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Our ability to adapt and service our product to meet all of these different climate conditions is makes WHS truly an industry leader. Q: How long have you had a presence in the Middle East? Our first visit to the Middle East was 18 years ago. Since then, we have cultivated a diverse customer base, helping establish many valued, long-held

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relationships. We have been present at many major Trade Shows in the region sharing our knowledge and experience. We make it a priority to personally visit the local nurseries and greenhouses to better understand our customer's needs. Q: Does your company offer any guarantees on its products? Easy-Fill™ planter bags are recognised around the world for their dependability and manufacturer's guarantee. The company believes in manufacturing a superior product with personal customer service that includes adapting the design for different environments and individual needs. Q: What other products do you offer? We support the Horticultural Industry from the very beginning with products such as propagation tubes and seedling trays. We have a wide variety of these to suit any species of plants and trees. Some of our best sellers into the region are our flower tubes and specialised planter bags for date palms. Our new product line of portable hedge bags and tree collars have also been well received this year. WHS remains committed to the Middle East market through expert advice and ongoing product development. WHS Australia, thank you for taking the time and giving us some insights into the unique benefits that your products have provided us here in the Middle East. It's clear to see why Wangara Horticultural Supplies is recognised as the largest supplier of superior horticultural products in our region. SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016


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SEEDING TRAYS

A FULL RANGE OF SUSTAINABLE CULTIVATION CONTAINERS

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he company “Société Plastique Innovation Distribution” (S.P.I.D), located in France, is actually recognized, by its customers, as the specialist in long life propagation trays. Its skilled experience, built over the past two decades, thanks to the advices of the most technical plant raisers, has contributed to develop a full range of sustainable cultivation containers. The injection molded trays from SPID, are in fact, premium quality made, and designed to efficiently answer to the main constraints of the plants producers. In a global vision of reusability, SPID develops multi-cells tray that are:  mechanized (at the sowing stage as well as the transplanting stage),  Washable (made of polypropylene the trays can be disinfected, and perfectly cleaned),

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NOWADAYS, THE FRENCH COMPANY BENEFITS OF A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF PLUGS TRAYS TO COVER THE PLANT NURSERIES NEEDS, ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD

 durable for more than 15

years (by reusing the trays on each production cycle, the accumulated costs saving after few years, enables plant raisers to invest in a better mechanization…). Moreover, SPID trays are designed to insure a good roots development (no roots twizzling), a homogeneous plant growth, and a perfect crop removal. The cell shape and generally the cell characteristics are, according to SPID, a sinequanone condition to get healthy and strong young plants. Nowadays, the French

company benefits of a sufficient number of plugs trays to cover the plant nurseries needs, anywhere around the world, and tries to advise as possible on specific or polyvalent references, depending of the customer request. Nonetheless, SPID has recently launched two new references: the EURO BOX and the EURO 384 cells tray, which present the advantages of the last mold generation. The EURO BOX, with its pyramidal bottom part, better apportions the water on the surface, avoids possible moisture, and facilitates the growth of homogeneous plants. The EURO 384 cavities tray, initially designed for the cultivation of processing tomatoes, has a good ratio density/quality, and can be used with normal peat, compressed peat, or plugs. Technical datasheets and pictures are findable online: www.spid-trays.com

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ROOTSTOCKS

LODDER OFFERS QUALITY ROOTSTOCKS

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ODDER-ROOTSTOCKS was founded in 1958 as a nursery with a wide-range-production of rootstocks for fruit-trees, roses and ornamentals. Until now the specialization came more and more only to ROOTSTOCKS FOR FRUIT-TREES. QUALITY-ROOTSTOCKS – MADE IN GERMANY - are becoming more and more interesting/popular and well known also outside of Germany. The root-system of German FRUIT-TREEROOTSTOCKS is different, means better branched, to that of other countries. That makes regrowth in the fruit-tree-nursery easier even under not optimal conditions. ROOTSTOCKS for APPLES, PEARS, PLUMS, CHERRIES, PEACHES, APRICOTS and NECTARINES are the range of our production by tissue-culture/in-vitro, stool-beds, hardwood-cuttings and seedlings. For special needs also transplanted – to have an additional better rooting-system. Now LODDER-ROOTSTOCKS is in a better situation, since STEFFEN LODDER is managing the production; so ERHARD LODDER (managing director) SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016

can take even more attention to the over worldwide customers and their needs. Storage from end of October until May or later for the Southern hemisphere is no problem in special temperature-controlled-facilities! The most important variety is during the last 25 years the Prunus GiSelA®-ROOTSTOCK-series – for halfsize trees, early cropping, large fruit-size and good productivity.

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SEEDS

SERVING THE MIDDLE EAST AND GULF REGION GROWERS OVER DECADES

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s we crossed the 10 year's anniversary for Innova Seeds and 54 years for Niagara Seeds the company embarked on a critical capital expenditure projects aiming to boost and meet the growing operational demands on our current structure as we are processing higher volumes with higher quality, said Khaled Kazzaz CEO of Innova Seeds and Niagara Seeds in an interview with Gulf Agriculture Magazine. “A million plus dollars have been budgeted and mostly spent for 2016 so far as fully automated treater has been added to the production line along with a dryer that meets 10 folds capacity we had earlier, and aiming to increase our quality even further a state of the art color sorter was added to our seed quality department which allows us to reach 99.9% physical purity on all our seeds a step we take after processing all lots on our newly added air separators.” “Many of our customers

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who attended our 2016 field days which we held back in August had the opportunity to stand witness to this new expansion which came parallel to launching very aggressive and competitive new varieties for the 2016/2017 seasons in all major crops and slots that are considered targets for us as a company,” he added. “The company remains committed to its investment of roughly 11% of its annual sales back into research and development as we have a clear understanding that R & D is the base and the backbone of any successful seed company and we are also expanding our screening and trials over 5 continents to gather as much information on the performance and adaptability of our varieties in various regions and growing conditions.” “Our new germplasm will help us strengthen our current market position around the world and also enter as a serious player in the slots we were lagging behind, not to mention the SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016


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company is expanding its structure by adding two Product development managers in South America and we currently have 4 open positions in the Middle East and North Africa that we are currently recruiting for and expect to have them filled before year end.” “Lastly from me personally as the CEO for

new markets we did not have access to before and the positive feedback we are getting from our customers based on their trials encouraged us to make the investment in both our research as well as our operational facility.” “With a clear understanding that people are our most valuable asset the

both Innova Seeds and Niagara Seeds, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their trust and confidence in us and for the mutual growth we have been experiencing together and our goal and commitment is to always keep our customers first and to meet all their vegetable seeds needs,” he added.

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GREENHOUSE HEATING SYSTEM

HEATING SYSTEM IN GREENHOUSE: THE ADVANTAGES OF COMBITERM

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greenhouse main purpose is to maximize the production output even where environmental conditions are not favorable. Each factor within a greenhouse must re-create the optimal conditions for the growth and cultivation of the crop in a delicate microclimate balance. Heating operates when the temperatures appear to be below the required limit. Normally, the best and most adopted solution is the

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indirect air heater which runs on natural gas, LPG or diesel. The amount of heat required depends not only on the type of crop, but also upon the amount of heat loss from the structure. It usually occurs by all three modes of heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation. Furthermore, other factors may affect or influence the heat loss such as the age condition of the greenhouse and the ventilation system adopted. After check of all of these fundamental conditions for the optimal management of the environment, the best solution recommended to heat your greenhouse is still combiTERM: the indirect air heater whose main characteristic is its application versatility. The unique stainless steel combustion chamber guarantees an efficient heat exchange between the exhaust smoke and the clean air released in the surrounding environment. CombiTERM guarantees outstanding performances and keeps the humidity levels controlled, thus avoiding all the problems linked with such phenomena as fungal diseases, high incidence of Botrytis and water dripping off the roof and the wall. CombiTERM is a made in Italy product totally designed and manufactured by Pericoli Group which, for nearly 50 years, has been considering heating in protected environments one of its core business. The product is designed to fit any installation thanks to the variety of accessories and removable elements that make it extremely versatile. The SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016

innovative design of the wallhousing assures easy handling, transport and installation. For further information about this product please inbox to marketing@pericoli.com or visit www.pericoli.com

COMBITERM IS A MADE IN ITALY PRODUCT TOTALLY DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED BY PERICOLI GROUP WHICH, FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS, HAS BEEN CONSIDERING HEATING IN PROTECTED ENVIRONMENTS ONE OF ITS CORE BUSINESS

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WATER STORAGE

Water tank on pallet ready to be shipped.

HIGH DEMAND FOR QUALITY WATER SOLUTIONS BRINGS UK SUPPLIER TO THE MIDDLE EAST

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ith the British known for their high quality manufacturing and the UK pound set at a record low against the dollar, there has never been a better time to look further afield for agricultural products. One UK company looking to help farms benefit from its innovative water storage solutions is Cotterill Civils - it has just launched in the Middle East. Cotterill Civils has launched under a new brand name over here, Cotterill Middle East, and offers an array of water storage solutions designed for irrigation, aquaculture, horticulture and fire fighting purposes. Its solutions provide farms with cost effective options for storing large volumes of liquid, including salt water, drinking water, wastewater, desalination and fertiliser. Manufacturing to strict industry standards, its tanks range in different shapes and sizes, some as large as 2 million litres. All are designed to withstand the hot temperatures and harsh climates

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of the Middle East. Andrew Cotterill, Managing Director of the company, commented: “We've been supplying to UK farms for almost 30 years and have built up a reputation for high quality products as well as excellent service. I come from a farming background myself so I understand what our customers want and our products reflect this.” In the UK, Cotterill Civils is one of the leading suppliers of water storage solutions to the agricultural sector. The company supplies its products all over the world - they are designed to be delivered on pallets or containers for easy transportation. Andrew continued: “The Middle East is a fantastic market for us as there is a real need for high quality water storage solutions that can be quickly and easily erected. We've found that the farms over here are keen to invest in the best technology and products so will look further afield. We get lots of farm managers from the

gulf visit us at UK trade shows. Ultimately, they want products they can trust and that will last them years to come.” In particular, the company says it has seen a real demand for its large galvanised steel tanks. These provide a simple and cost effective solution for storing large volumes of water. Quick and easy to install, these tanks are incredibly strong so will last for decades. Another popular product is its flexible tanks. Made from Elastomer or Plastomer, these innovative tanks provide farms with a much cheaper solution for storing large volumes of water. Ready to use on deployment, they are fully collapsible and easily transportable. Andrew added: “The current exchange rate means that farmers in the Gulf can purchase our products at an even more favourable rate. There hasn't been a better time to benefit from high quality UK manufacturing.” For more information, see the advertisement on page 12. SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016


AGRICULTURE MACHINERY

UNDER A VISION OF A CONSERVATIVE AGRICULTURE

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

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

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

THE HIGH WORKING SPEED (10-20 KM/H) PERMITS TO OPERATE WITH GREATER SPEED REDUCING THE PROCESSING COSTS, GRANTING AN HOURLY OUTPUT OF 4-7 HECTARES

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TRACTORS

CASE IH PREMIERES CONCEPT VEHICLE AT FARM PROGRESS SHOW AUTONOMOUS TRACTOR GIVES GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE OF PRECISION FARMING

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TRACTORS

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ase IH unveiled an autonomous concept vehicle at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. The concept vehicle is a cabless Case IH row crop tractor that can operate autonomously with a wide range of field implements. “In many parts of the world, finding skilled labor during peak use seasons is a constant challenge for our customers,” said Case IH Brand President Andreas Klauser. “While we offer auto-steering and

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telematics on our equipment today for remote management of farm machinery and employees, this autonomous tractor concept demonstrates how our customers and their employees could remotely monitor and control machines directly. This technology will offer our customers greater operational efficiencies for tasks such as tillage, planting, spraying and harvesting.” Klauser explained that the concept was created to validate the technology and to collect

customer feedback regarding their interest and need for future autonomous products for their operations. “It is very exciting for us to explore the possibilities that this technology can provide to our customers. We look forward to getting their input regarding this concept and how it can help them achieve new production efficiencies,” said Klauser. Case IH and CNH Industrial's Innovation Group based the cabless autonomous

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concept on an existing Case IH Magnum tractor with reimagined styling. The vehicle was built for a fully interactive interface to allow for remote monitoring of preprogrammed operations. The onboard system automatically accounts for implement widths and plots the most efficient paths depending on the terrain, obstructions and other machines in use in the same field. The remote operator can supervise and adjust pathways via a desktop computer or portable tablet interface. Through the use of radar, lidar (light imaging, detection, and ranging) and onboard video cameras, the vehicle can sense stationary or moving obstacles in its path and will stop on its own until the operator, notified by audio and visual alerts, assigns a new path. The vehicle will also stop immediately if GPS signal or position data is lost, or if the manual stop button is pushed. Machine tasks can also be modified in real time with via remote interface or automatic weather warnings. AFS Global Product Marketing Manager, Rob Zemenchik explained that autonomous tractor operation brings together the latest in guidance, telemetry, data sharing, and agronomic management to offer farm

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Although the autonomous concept vehicle was developed in the form of a cabless tractor, Case IH executives explained that combines or other equipment would operate on the same technology.

managers more control, monitoring capabilities and cost savings. “A farm manager can supervise the activities of multiple machines via a mobile tablet interface while he tends to other tasks or even operates another vehicle,” said Zemenchik. “Multiple autonomous tractors can work as one fleet or simultaneously in multiple sub-fleets assigned to separate fields, each assigned with preprogrammed maps and prescriptions. So you could have one tractor pulling a chisel plow followed closely by another one operating a planter. The opportunities for efficiency are substantial.” Although the autonomous vehicle is presently considered only as a concept tractor, Zemenchik said the technology could function just as well in a standard cabbed tractor where it could use realtime weather and satellite data to optimally apply crop inputs

such as nitrogen, herbicides, or fungicides. “These enhancements really become interesting for our customers when weather comes into play,” said Zemenchik. “Because if it starts to rain in one field, the tractor will automatically stop what it's doing and head over to another field that is dry to work on that provided it can access that field via private roads.” Prior to the concept's unveiling, company executives presented a video demonstration of the tractor tilling and planting on land in the Southeastern United States earlier this summer. CNH Industrial collaborated with its long-standing technology provider Autonomous Solutions Incorporated, ASI, a Utahbased company that is the industry leader in off-road autonomous solutions, in the development of this concept autonomous technology.

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MORE POWER FOR TOUGH CONDITIONS THE NEW MAGNUM SERIES. READY FOR THE CHALLENGES AHEAD. First launched in 1987, the Magnum Series has evolved over 28 years to become the first choice of large scale farmers and contractors who demand the best. The new Magnum series features the proven Full Powershift and CVT Transmissions with Automatic Productivity Management (APM) that automatically reduces engine speed to match power and to maximise fuel efficiency. These transmissions are sized for high horsepower demands, to achieve maximum reliability and durability. Choose from a wide selection of five models ranging from 250 to 380 hp.

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HUMIC ACID

GERMAN ORGANIC FERTILIZER AND HUMIC SUBSTANCE PRODUCERS

Dr. Yasser Dergham, Humintech Company, Germany

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umintech is one of the worldwide largest organic fertilizer and humic substance producers, based in Grevenbroich, Germany. Humintech GmbH is expanding its production capacity and therefore moved in 2014 to a new production plant (30,000 m2) in Grevenbroich, Germany (directly closed to the

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lignite open cast mining Garzweiler II). Humintech used to produce its humic acids based products in three different areas and now it joined them in one area in Grevenbroich. In this way, Humintech has the possibility to optimize its logistics and supply its products faster to the customers worldwide. The new high technology production line enables Humintech to increase the production capacity to about 50,000 t/year humic acids based products in granular form (Perlhumus®), 10,000 t/year humic acids based products in water soluble form (Powhumus®) and 30,000 cbm/year of humic acids based products in liquid form (Liqhumus®). The new production line will enable the Humintech team to maintain and increase the quality of its humic acids based products and to manufacture several new products based on humic acids

in combination with other organic fertilizers and biostimulants. Beside the current product line the company will update its new product range to more than 50 different humic acids and organic matter based products within the next two years, which will contribute to increase the quantity and quality of plant production. Humintech takes the best German oxidized Lignite resources' (Leonardite) with high humic /fulvic acids quantity and uses the high technical production methods to get the high humic acid quality. Furthermore Humintech is active in research, development and industrial production of humic matter and humic acids for agriculture, animal feed, pharmaceutical and construction industries, veterinary medicine and environmental applications such as water purification and soil remediations. SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016


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Humintech produces a large quantity of granulate humic acid as Perlhumus, water soluble humic acid as Powhumus and liquid humic acid as Liqhumus and 6% Fehumate 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. SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016

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.

THE SECRET OF FERTILE SOILS

Humus can only be replaced by humus in the soil... Humic and fulvic acids are the most important parts in humus and are the base material for the wide product range of Humintech, Germany. • Soil Conditioners • Biostimulants • Soil Inoculants • Organic Fertilizers • Deficiency Correctors

German technology YEARS 1974 - 2014

Do you need further information? Please do not hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to answering your questions. Humintech GmbH · Am Pösenberg 9-13 · DE- 41517 Grevenbroich / GERMANY

Dr. Yasser Dergham Dipl.-Ing. agr. Technical and Sales Manager Phone +49 2181 70 676 - 25 Telefax +49 2181 70 676 - 22 y.dergham@humintech.com w w w.humintech.c o m

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Trichoderma harzianum

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

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

 Enhances the germination

 Enhances the soil quality and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BioHealth® TH/BS WSG is 100% soluble

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

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

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EXCLUSIVE

ANIMAL HEALTH

HEALTH EFFECTS ON REPRODUCTION IN DAIRY CATTLE

M Dr. Ammara Fiaz, DVM, MPhil

ilk production is an essential agricultural produce in almost all the countries in the world. Up to a billion people in the world live on farms and make a livelihood through dairy and dairy produce. It is an indispensible part of the global food system and plays a significant role in sustaining development in rural areas. It is a well-known fact that the dairy industry is actively contributing to the economy of a number of communities, regions and countries. There is a growing demand around the world for

globalizing this industry there by increasing scope and intensity of world trade in dairy products. Global Investment must be considered in to the latest breeding and management techniques of dairy animals so that a sustainable form of economic gain can be achieved. Therefore, in the Middle East, an increased avenue of investments in this sector will ensure food security and viable economic gain. The objective of health management is to ensure optimal care and welfare of dairy cattle to in turn check productivity losses due to mismanagement. Only healthy dairy animals lead to healthy dairy products, which in turn leads to good economic gains. Basics of Reproduction in Cattle: The period of oestrous cycling occurs every 21 days in a cow after the period of postpartum anaestrous and for heifers that reach puberty (first ovulation). This means that these estrus cycles give a heifer or cow a chance to get pregnant about every 21 days. There are various best management practices that can be followed in order to ensure that this cycle is taken most advantage of in producing optimum results in dairy production. Body Conditioning Score is one of the most essential ways of continually monitoring Optimal health and

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productivity in dairy cattle. This system of scoring (BCS) is directly related to livestock reproduction. If BCS is low or poor, the dairy animal will not attain its peak productivity. BCS is also an indicator of the amount of energy stored in the dairy animal. Optimum BCS, ensures that energy levels are maintained well enough in the animal to ensure good productivity. The high-energy transition period for dairy cows, three weeks before and after calving, is of utmost importance, as their metabolic needs increase dramatically during this time. The animal needs to maintain sufficient energy levels in order to cope with this critical period. The performance of dairy cows during the rest of lactation is directly related to how well they cope with this high-energy requirement during the transition phase. This has direct effect on disease and reproduction. Essentially all dairy cows experience a period of insulin resistance, reduced feed intake, negative energy balance, hypocalcemia, decreased immune function, and bacterial contamination of the uterus just before or during the weeks after calving. A third of dairy cows can be affected by some type of metabolic and infectious diseases in early lactation. Routine, proactive actions, veterinary observations, or analysis are intended to accurately and efficiently SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016


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provide early detection of problems, to provide an opportunity for investigation and intervention in order to limit the consequences and costs of health problems and reduce animal performance or welfare. Methods of early detection include monitoring of disease and culling records, feed intake, milk production, body condition, and simple metabolic tests. Genetic improvement of dairy cows has markedly increased milk yield over the last three decades. Increased production has been associated with reduced conception rate. Because conception rate in dairy heifers has remained higher, the metabolic demands of higher production may be related to the decline in reproductive performance in cows. During early lactation, increasing dietary intake fails to keep pace with rising milk production. The resultant negative energy balance and rate of mobilization of body reserves appear directly related to the postpartum interval to first ovulation and lower conception rate. Delays in the onset of normal ovarian activity, thus limiting the number of estrous cycles before breeding, may account for the observed decrease in fertility. Negative energy balance probably acts similarly to under nutrition and may manifest in delayed ovarian activity by impinging on pulsatile secretion of LH. Lower availability of glucose and insulin may also decrease LH pulsatility or limit ovarian responsiveness to gonadotropins. Alternatively, release of endogenous opioids in association with increasing feed intake or other lactational hormone responses may SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016

provide neural or pituitary inhibition of the pulsatile LH production that is requisite for ovarian follicular development. Correlations between reproductive traits and measures of milk yield indicate that higher yield is associated phenotypically and genetically with reduced reproductive performance in lactating cows. Numerous recent studies have reported that reproductive performance is compromised, primarily through delayed ovarian activity and reduced conception rates, by the demands of high milk yield. However, daily managerial decisions to obtain efficient reproductive performance have considerable impact. Management can offset depression in fertility, because high yielding herds often achieve the fewest days open. Different techniques are used worldwide to improve and maximize production through reproduction in cattle keeping their health as top priority. An increase in research and modern techniques in the Middle Eastern and GCC countries can increase economic gains in this sector.  Artificial Insemination  Synchronization of Estrus  Embryo Transfer  Sexed semen  In vitro fertilization  Cloning Local dairy farmers can also be empowered to increase their abilities to perform better in the dairy sector by following simple protocols. In a dairy farm, keeping control of these

parameters, farmers can maintain the health and reproduction of the herd.  Schedule farm visits  Health services and individual emergencies  Planned, traditional and technical activities  Quality control programs  Performance Targets  Keeping Records  Health Research and production problems.

Dr. Ammara Fiaz is a Veterinary Surgeon at Charis Vets. She is an expert in large animal medicine, equines in particular, having worked as an equine practitioner and consultant with the prestigious Brooke Hospital for Animals. GULF AGRICULTURE

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Mohammed Haneef carefully selecting quality feed raw materials.

Nutriplus Commodities FZCO

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utriplus commodities FZCO is one of the leading international commodities trading companies in the feed ingredients and raw material supply in the Middle East. Based in Dubai, Nutriplus is involved in trading, indenting and representing for International exporters and reputed producers of feed commodities in the USA, Europe etc. “Our major customers are the end users in Livestock farms, Poultry farms, Feed mills in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait for last more than a decade.” said managing director Mohammed Haneef. “We are now adding new markets to Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt and India. Our recent participations at trade shows of these countries made our markets entry more viable.” “Respecting our commitment and dedication, our buyers and sellers always trust and keep confidence on us which make us regularity and consistency in our business. This is due to our past performance which we have achieved through our long term supply chain relationship with our suppliers in International Commodity markets and buyers in the Middle East.”

Specialist in Feed Raw Materials & Ingredients

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EXPANSION in innovative additives & Supplements, Farm Equipments & Tools and concept of unique Dairy & Poultry Supply Chains

“The major feed raw materials and ingredients we are supplying are Amino Plus Soy by pass Protein, Megalac Rumen Protected Fat, DDGS (Distiller’s Dried Grains), Corn Gluten Meal, Whole cotton seed, Sugar beet pulp pellet, Soya bean Meal, Yellow corn, Feed barley, Fish meal, Alfalfa Hay, Amino Acids, MCP/DCP, Magnesium Oxide, Sodium Bicarbonate etc.” Nutriplus Commodities is growing year by year and adding new innovations to its business practice. The company is under expansion and

entering into different sectors of markets related to Dairy/Poultry and Feed industry. The introduction of BCF Technology, Ultra Sound and X-Ray equipments in the end of 2014 achieved great acceptance from our farm, Veterinary and animal health sector. Similarly, recent installation of Calf Hutch houses of Calftel USA brand is a remarkable entry for Farm equipments sector. “In the Poultry sector, we successfully launched and result is established by introduction of All Natural Flies control barrier for repel and kill flies in the barn and poultry house.” “Our special program for coming years is to introduce specialized additives, supplements, Vet accessories for farm and feed industry. In addition to the selective products, we are adding many innovative products to reach our goal of providing total farm and feed supporting services. We are in the diversification of value added product such as Milking Parlor components, Dairy Processing Accessories and Tools for Mobile Milking Machine and Critical Spare parts and replacements.” he added.


Megafat 88 Megalac Calf and Lamb Milk replacer Toxin Binder

Liquid Vitamins Acidifier Omega 3 Supplements


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A COMMITMENT TO SAFE, QUALITY FEED

B THE COMPANY SUPPLIES HAY AND STRAW PRODUCTS FOR CUSTOMERS IN CHINA, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, AND THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA AMONGST OTHER MARKETS IN ASIA AND THE GCC REGION

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order Valley Trading is one of the leading exporters of double compressed forage products in the Western United States. BVT succeeds in servicing many international markets with one of the largest processing capacities of any forage exporter in the United States. The company supplies hay and straw products for customers in China, Japan, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia amongst other markets in Asia and the GCC Region. BVT supports their customers through two processing facilities located in California's most productive farming regions; the Imperial and San Joaquin Valleys. These facilities are strategically located near the ports of Long Beach/Los Angeles and Oakland. BVT's exports include hay and straw of: alfalfa hay, bermuda grass hay and straw, klein grass, sudan grass and timothy.

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Combined with our nutrition and technical services, cattle feeding, farming operations, and logistics services, Border Valley Trading is fully integrated to go well beyond just supplying hay. With 26 plus years of experience in managing and caring for animal health, welfare and nutrition, the company is uniquely qualified to and experienced in supplying the best possible product for our customer and their animals. Border Valley offers all available bale sizes and packaging styles to meet the needs of any customer in any market. The company can supply single compressed bales and double compressed bales from 25kg up to 450kg with all available packaging options. The location of their two facilities also allows BVT to source forage products from California, Arizona, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Idaho. This increases product quality and nutritional choices for all customers.

Border Valley Logistics is charged with coordinating internal container transportation and inhouse freight forwarding services for customers. The company also has complete control and traceability of the product throughout the supply-chain; from farm to farm. It secures, stores, processes, and transports all of its products so it doesn't rely on third parties for quality assurance. Border Valley Trading continues to improve upon critical processes that will help us to provide even better products and services. And, since we understand first-hand what it takes to feed and manage the welfare of animals; we don't take any process lightly. The company supplies products to dairies, beef cattle farms, horse farms and other animal farms around the world. Customers, suppliers and employees all agree that Border Valley stands behind â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Commitment to Safe, Quality Feedâ&#x20AC;?. SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2016


POULTRY

INNOVATIVE HOUSING SYSTEM FOR HATCHING EGG PRODUCTION

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encomatic introduces its renewed group housing system for hatching egg production: the Veranda Breeder. This royal class housing system offers 5 star accommodation for broiler and layer breeders. By combining a high level of automation with the use of vertical space, the system offers the most efficient production of high quality hatching eggs. Meets the requirements of modern breeders The new Veranda Breeder has been designed to meet the

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requirements of modern breeders, and fully complies to European standards for animal welfare. Birds are housed in a healthy environment and have controlled access to a scratching area, where they are able to perform their natural dust bathing behaviour. First class eggs High numbers of first class eggs is the key to success in breeder housing. Excellent egg quality is guaranteed with the integrated nest box that closes at night, which prevents contamination by

the birds. Possible out-ofnest eggs roll to the nest automatically, as the slats are sloping. The manure falls onto a manure belt and is transported out of the house frequently. Ammonia and fine dust levels are extremely low, improving a healthy climate for both birds and employees. Next to a perfect climate, the birds are housed on hygienic slats. This reduces the contact of birds with manure, thus improving bio-security, and reducing exposure to pathogens.

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

Parking and transportation of planting bags, other types of containers, mulch mats and rings

Mulch mats for weed protection

Small mulch mats

Elastic mulch mat

Packing and transportation

Arrangement and transportation

Arrangement and transportation

Packing and transportation

Metal trunk shaping rings

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100% jute container in 270-360 g/m2 density

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