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From Lithuania to Spain, fruits and vegetables are being stored and prices are plummeting, with EU farmers losing almost a third of its market.

 

 

Six weeks after Moscow responded to the EU sanctions against banks and Russian companies, banning all imports of fresh produce from Europe, producers of fruit and vegetables all over the continent are starting to feel the effects.

 

 

Events, trade fairs and exhibitions in the fruit and vegetable sector represent an unique opportunity to stay informed about sector trends, meet clients, growers, exporters, importers, suppliers and competitors, promote their products, establish new business relationships, keep up to date with new advances and solutions for your business, discover new varieties of fruits and vegetables…

For this reason from Infovegetables.com we would like to inform you about the most important events for this year 2014 and next year 2015 as well as encourage you and your company to attend.

 

Calendar of events in the fruit and vegetable sector for 2014

 

FRUIT ATTRACTION (SPAIN)

In the city of Madrid, from the 15th to 17th October 2014 and organized by the organization for trade fairs of Madrid (IFEMA) and the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers and Exporters of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and Live Plants (FEPEX).

 

 

 

The distribution market is also experiencing merger operations in Germany.

In this sense, the retailer Edeka has acquired the Kaiser supermarket chain from the Tengelmann group, in a transaction to be completed in June 2015.

 

 

 

 

Today there are several research companies in the fruit and vegetable sector focus on improving pest resistance, get better productivity and quality of the products as well as the development of new high-quality varieties for being grown in both greenhouse and outdoors.

 

Here we present some of the most important.

 

My cubies snack cucumbers

 

My cubies is the snack cucumber with a surprising baby size that leaves no one indifferent.

With an approximate size between 8 and 11 cm and a weight, per fruit, at harvest maturity between 35 and 40 grams this cucumber is ideal for snacking.

 

 

 

My cubies snack cucumbers belong to the Quarto RZ F1 variety developed by the company Rijk Zwaan.

 

The Dutch agricultural productivity per hectare is 2.5 times higher than the European average, because of greenhouses of last generation like these Dutch farmers have been able to produce fruits, vegetables and flowers in a sustainable way.

 

THE AGRICULTURE OF THE FUTURE

 

Evolution is imminent, everything is changing and technological advances are a reality, also in the agricultural sector.

 

Some day all the horticultural production process will be mechanized and automated.

 

The image shows machines designed to carry out sizing and  packaging operations of fruit and vegetables.  Nowadays there are optical pickers (robots that substitute the human hand in selecting produce) and robotic machinery to box and pallet the products. There is also machinery to collect vegetables without need of the human hand.

 

 

 

 

 Nanotechnology applied to the fruit and vegetable sector

 

It is a colloidal suspension, based on nano-micelles (the first application of nanotechnology in agriculture). Nutra Green is a transport vector that goes directly into the bloodstream of the plant through the stomata or root system. The particle is so small: 0.6 nanometers. This particle when penetrate in the plant attracts the nutrients making it more resistant to disease, water and climate stress and has high activity levels.

 

Robotics, GPS systems and intelligent sensors

 


The Japanese manufacturer of topographical equipment Topcon Corporation has discovered a system for increasing automatically the quality of the main product of the country, rice.

 

The company has designed a sensor equipped with a laser that works on rice plants and allow to measure its sugar content and protein, control its growth, determine the amount of fertilizer that it is need or the right time for its collection.

 

This information is transmitted to a GPS system that is responsible for activating the machine to apply the fertilizer in an automated way.

There is still a long way to make these systems economically viable and its use widespread in the industry, but certainly these systems and technological advances will replace the traditional production system of fruits and vegetables.

 

From infovegetables.com, we want to know your opinion.

 

And you, what do you think about the technological advances in the fruit and vegetable sector?

 

Additional information:

http://joseantonioarcos.wordpress.com/category/industria-auxiliar/logistica-industria-auxiliar/

http://joseantonioarcos.wordpress.com/category/investigacion-idi/iniciativa-privada/

http://www.efefuturo.com/blog/la-agricultura-del-futuro/

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