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New solar lamp

June 22, 2012

The brightest new eco-gadget on the market, the Nokero solar powered light bulb, is a must have for every home owner, outdoor entertainer or nature lover. The Nokero N220 is bright enough to replace traditional electric lights in most cases and it can be used in a range of ways, indoors and out. It’s perfect for outdoor patios, gardens, walkways and verandas. Or simply charge it outside by day and use it indoors by night, in the knowledge that you are saving electricity, the environment… and your wallet!  Read More »

Haifa software enables ‘smart’ fertigation management

June 18, 2012

Horticulture growers, irrigation managers and advisers can now take fertigation management to a whole new level following a move by Haifa Australia, the country’s largest supplier of water soluble nutrients, to offer the SMART! Fertiliser Management software tool. The software is aimed at crops in various growth conditions, from open field to hydroponics. It calculates optimal fertiliser programs, considering nutrient requirements of crops, soil and water analysis, and tissue composition. Read More »

New state-of-the-art greenhouse in Turkey

June 18, 2012

A new modern greenhouse has been opened in Turkey at the Sustainable Innovation Centre. The joint venture between Sultan Sera Greenhouse and the Sustainable Innovation Centre is the result of a unique and intensive collaboration between MB Holding, Agentschap NL (Dutch Ministry of EL&I), partners of Sera Culture and the members of HortiX.  Read More »

China adopts bumblebees for pollination

June 18, 2012

Biobest, worldwide pioneer in production and sales of bumblebees for biological pollination, has announce the signature of a protocol between Chinese and Belgian authorities for the export of bumblebees to China. Read More »

ACCC crackdown on carbon price claims

June 12, 2012

With three weeks until the start of the carbon tax, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has warned businesses about making false claims of price increases associated with the carbon price. It says that businesses making claims about cost increases in goods and services need to “do so with a reasonable basis”. While the ACCC notes that businesses are entitled to “increase their profits as they see fit”, the legal obligations to not mislead or deceive still apply in relation to the carbon tax. Read More »

Squeeze on returns subdues Australian farmer confidence

June 7, 2012

Pressure on farming returns – resulting from a combination of lower commodity prices, a prolonged high Australian dollar and rising input costs – has seen a further slump in Australian farmer sentiment, according to the latest quarterly Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey. The nation’s farmer confidence has fallen further into negative territory, with more primary producers expecting conditions to worsen than improve. Read More »

Horti Fair and Wageningen UR consolidate knowledge

May 30, 2012

Many seminars about current horticultural topics were held during Horti Fair 2011. As a result, the Horti Fair and Wageningen UR have consolidated this knowledge in the form of a special publication: Knowledge Review: Towards Sustainable Horticulture. This publication was presented to Dutch Topteam Horticulture during the spring conference of Greenport Holland.

The Horti Fair is the biggest international trade fair for technology, innovation and inspiration in horticulture and will be taking place this year from 30 October to 2 November inclusive in the Amsterdam RAI. These seminars have been held at the Horti Fair since 2011.

During these HortiSeminars, visitors are informed about current horticultural subjects within a short period of time. Addressed last year, for example, were the supply chain, doing business in China and LED lighting.

“In 2011, the Horti Fair decided to set out on a new course: from m2 to m3,” said Horti Fair director Frans-Peter Dechering.

“We launched the International HortiCongress and the HortiSeminars because the exchange of knowledge is one of our most important focal points. These events will also be on the program for Horti Fair 2012.”

“One of our reasons for issuing this publication was to record the knowledge provided during those seminars – knowledge that could then be utilised by such people as horticulture professionals who had not attended them,’ says Dechering.

On the other hand, the Knowledge Review provides a nice snapshot in time: which questions are relevant right now in the field of horticulture, and which answers are still being sought?

The first edition of Knowledge Review: Towards Sustainable Horticulture was presented to Jan Willem Breukink and Loek Hermans, members of the Topteam Horticulture.