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Japanese launch futuristic farms
Four years ago Takayoshi Tanizawa was developing massage armchairs in Panasonic’s research centre when his boss offered him a new adventure : agriculture. A few days ago the engineer celebrated the first sales of spinach grown on a model farm made using Panasonic’s high-tech. “After all, its almost the same.....
Sensor operated wash trough
The Aquasensor has a no-touch tap - ideal for packing companies that have to meet the strict requirements of organization like the BRC. The company behind the Aquasensor, H.O. Industries, has now introduced a second no-touch wash trough: the Aquasensor Economy. The name says it all: the new model is a lot.....
US onion export down but new initiatives underway
The current low onion prices are a reflection of major production areas such as Idaho, Oregon, and Washington having slightly increased acreage this year. With increased onion supplies throughout 2014, the quality of onions is still above average, while shrinkage has decreased. Idaho, Oregon and Washington.....
Laser can ensure perfectly ripe fruit
The ability to detect when to harvest "climacteric" fruits — such as apples, bananas, pears and tomatoes — at the precise moment to ensure "peak edibleness" in terms of both taste and texture may soon be within reach for farmers, thanks to the work of a team of researchers from Saint Joseph Univ. in Lebanon.....
Hungary: Fresh local produce a click away
Since the end of the summer, more than 4,400 people have registered for the www.30km.hu service, which launched not just the website, but also a mobile application. The service allows anyone to find out what fruits and vegetables are produced in the immediate vicinity. The development has resulted in local.....
Italy: Patented system for "window" clipping
Sometimes innovation comes from simple things, and this is exactly the case forAgri.Com Servicewho, at Interpoma 2014, presented their CKP 250, a clipping machine produced byFa.Ma. Pruning, which even received a special mention form the National committee for technical innovation FederUNaCoMa during the.....
Italy: Robots, automatic machinery and tractors for apple growing
Many companies presented their new agricultural machines at Interpoma 2014.Walter Hass, tree-growing consultant forSudtiroler Beratungsringand fruit-growing machinery specialist, explained the pros and cons of mechanisation.Inside a modern tractor(Presentation: Hass).Of course mechanisation makes work easier.....
A study to measure chlorophyll in fruit
Is the future of apple shelf-life measuring systems represented by chlorophyll? It could be, at least if we consider what is currently being developed by Dutch company Besseling Group BV, which specialises in measurement plants and controlled atmosphere storage techniques."We are developing a system that can.....
Uko Vegter, Fresh Fruit Express:
"Easy tasty frozen veg smoothies"
Frozen fruit, juice and a blender, that’s all you need to make a smoothie. Fresh Fruit Express brings this complete concept to catering and food service.When vacationing in Brazil back in the nineties, Uko Vegter was firmly hooked on what he considered the best smoothies ever. Since that trip, Vegter.....
UK: WET Sensor saves on costs
Clock House Farm is based in the rolling hills of Kent, a few miles south of Maidstone in the UK. Its expansive farm is devoted to the cultivation of berries. “We produce about 1,000 tonnes of strawberries and 1,000 tonnes of raspberries a year, all grown in polytunnels on 223 hectares in multiple.....
Italy: New products presented at Interpoma 2014
The ninth edition of Interpoma was the perfect occasion to present new products for many companies.Apple to GoApple to Go presented a packaging technology to transform apples into a practical snack. The fruit is washed and dried and sold with a napkin in a thin biodegradable film. In addition to the napkin,.....
Italy: Melinda apples now stored underground
The first underground warehouse for the storing of apples in a controlled atmosphere was shown to a delegation of journalists on 21st November 2014.Michele Odorizzi, chairman of Melinda, welcomed journalists.Everything started a few years ago, when Melinda talked to its partners about the need to invest in.....
Argentina: New early harvest red garlic variety
With a yield of nearly 20,000 kilos per hectare, the new red garlic variety developed by INTA specialists is characterised by being ready for harvest up to 40 days earlier and by its suitability for new cultivation areas, including Cuyo as well as the centre and north east of Argentina.Garlic production.....
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Colombia: A group of farmers creates a potato super seed
A group of farmers from Carmen de Carupa became scientists. They managed to create a seed to improve the production of potatoes so they don't have to rely on other marketers.In Colombia, farmers generally have a hard time accessing potato seeds because they are not available at the time they're required or.....