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"A carrot is there to sustain life" - Vito Rugani, Greenway Farms

World first in carrot juice extraction by Rugani Carrots in South Africa

When Vito Rugani, managing director of Greenway Farms along with partner Vincent Sequeira, could take a step back from the day-to-day running of their large-scale carrot production, as a generation of younger management had come in, he devoted a year to researching an idea he had for their second grade.....

Quick method to assess the freshness of leaf vegetables

Vegetable freshness is very important both for the catering business and domestic consumption. Supermarkets often spray water on leaf vegetables to make them look fresh and, most of all, to make it impossible to assess how long they've been on the shelf for. Nonetheless, it's not possible to store these.....

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The robotisation of the fresh produce sector

With robots, workers can be replaced in order to lower labour costs, but that’s not the most important aspect of robotisation, according to Richard van de Linde of robot builder FTNON. The digitisation of the sector continues, and the importance of quality and traceability are only increasing, he said.....

China: New business opportunities presented by the rapid development of the cold chain industry

"In recent years, the demand for diversification by consumers and the fast rise of electronic commercial platforms, have pushed the rapid development of the Chinese cold chain industry to a certain degree. This aspect has provided us with very good market opportunities, although it has forced us to confront.....

Costa Rica to transform pineapple production waste into biofertilizers

The first plant in Costa Rica capable of transforming pineapple production waste into an environmentally friendly fertilizer will start operating in Upala, Northern Zone, at the end of October 2017.The machine, whose construction is already at an advanced stage, will operate in the farm Valle del Tarso, which.....

Trial at the Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf

Germany: Grapefruit used to fight against malaria

Once again this year, selected students in different semesters and from different majors of the Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf (HHU) have come together to participate in the international iGEM-competition. They are collaborating with the University of Cologne. The team of bachelor and masters students.....

The technology is out there; access by small-scale farmers remains a barrier

Climate smart agriculture workshop at PMA conference, Cape Town

At the recent PMA conference in Cape Town, a workshop on climate smart agriculture investigated the needs of South African agriculture and how Dutch technology could answer to those needs.Aart van den Bos, social entrepreneur defined climate smart agriculture as a strategy based on three pillars: increasing.....

Cleaning lettuce and vegetables using ultrasound saves resources

By the time lettuce makes it to a customer's plates, it has often gone on a long journey with many washing cycles. This usage of drinking water though is neither environmentally friendly nor sustainable. The joint project "MultiVegiClean" is developing a cleaning facility which cleans heads of lettuce with the.....