The frequent weather adversities, as well as the proliferation of pests and viruses, make it indispensable for producers to sign an insurance contract for horticultural crops under cover," warned representatives of Coag Almeria. The organization argues for the need of producers to protect their farms with agricultural insurance. Coag assures that without an insurance policy, "greenhouses are vulnerable.
Last year the EDEN-ISS greenhouse container shipped off to the Ekström ice shelf in the Antarctic. Now, scientists say they have successfully grown and harvested their first crop of vegetables, without soil or sunlight, and in the future, it could help astronauts grow food on other planets. At the Neumeyer-Station III, researchers say they have harvested 3.6 kilograms (8 pounds) of salad greens, 18 cucumbers, and 70 radishes. It's a welcome treat for researchers who often go months without fresh produce.
The amount of greenhouse vegetable and fruit production per capita in Turkey rose from 71.6 kilos to 97.3 kilos in the last decade. 87% of bananas, 61% of cucumbers, and 60% of green peppers is provided by greenhouse production. Turkey's Union of Chambers of Agriculture (TZOB) Chairman Semsi Bayraktar reported a 55.6 % increase in greenhouse fruit and vegetable production over a 10-year period where the production has risen from 5.53 million tons to 7.863 million tons.
Following the launch of iUNU’s flagship LUNA greenhouse management platform, the company has now unveiled its latest innovation, the Luna rail network and autonomous camera system. The new tool leverages how machines and computers emulate the human brain and eyes to create images and understanding about the growing process and operation.
Greenhouse operations must deal with many types of hazards – both on and offsite – as well as employees who are susceptible to workplace injury. Various factors, such as the size and type of greenhouses, crops grown, size of the vehicle fleet and weather factors, can help to determine what those hazards are. While agent expertise, Loss Control and Claims services may vary widely, Auto, Workers Compensation and Umbrella policy forms are standard throughout the insurance industry, Hodapp says.
As a result of heavy snowfall, a large number of strawberry greenhouses have collapsed in Turkey. Growers near İnegöl, a city in the Bursa Province, have been especially affected by the snowfall of April 23. Strawberry crops are an important part of the economy in and around İnegöl. The heavy snowfall was not expected. Other parts of Europe are also currently affected by extreme cold and snow, which is unusual for the time of the year.
According to a recent study published by the University of Aalto, Ethiopia is one of the countries with an insufficient and insecure supply of food. The extreme drought in the country, due to the weather conditions, and the unsuccessful strategy for the supply of food products are the main causes for this. However, a social organization called Roots Up may have found the key to tackling food shortages by creating a greenhouse that turns dew water into a resource suitable for irrigation.
Snow and frost over the New Year has had devastating effects on strawberry growers in Anamur in Turkey’s Mardin province. Around 70% of greenhouse growers were affected, and the fruit and vegetable wholesale hall commissioner warns that prices could increase €2.45. As temperatures in the province fell to -2 degrees Celsius, greenhouse growers noticed the damage to their crop.
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