23.10.2019

For the keynote addresses for ABIM 2019 21-23 October, Professor Urs Niggli, director of FiBL, gave a presentation entitled: “Can agriculture as practised today deliver for the future?” He answered his own question by saying no, but said that it still remained for him to prove it. Citizens had already made up their minds against conventional chemical pesticides, he postulated. Then looking at the projected global population growth, Niggli asked if it was possible to produce 50 percent more food and reduce inputs. He said he was yet to find a scientist who could offer evidence that this could be done.

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22.10.2019

The winner of the 2019 Bernard Blum award was announced at the opening ceremony of ABIM 2019 in Basel, Switzerland, on 21 October.
The prize went to Tutavir from Andermatt Biocontrol. The product contains Phthorimaea operculella granulovirus (PhopGV) for selective control of Tuta absoluta, the tomato leafminer. Tutavir won from a short-list of three products.

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16.10.2019

BASF Venture Capital and Canada’s TELUS Ventures are among the lead investors in a series B investment round for British startup Hummingbird Technologies, a global leader in advanced crop analytics. Other main investors include Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) and the British investment firm Downing Ventures.

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14.10.2019

Sirius Minerals Plc, through its subsidiary York Potash Ltd., has entered into an exclusive 10-year supply and distribution agreement with Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company Q.P.J.S.C (Muntajat) for the sale and distribution of volumes of POLY4 into Africa (except Nigeria and Egypt), Australia, New Zealand and certain remaining Middle Eastern and Asian territories.

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30.09.2019

Sapec Agro Business has been rebranded as Rovensa. The company stated Rovensa arises out of the need to respond to the market’s current megatrends, such as population increase, the need for a healthier lifestyle, more informed consumers, retailers who must advocate for transparency and farmers who need to ensure they produce safe and high-quality products.

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25.09.2019

As ICL Boulby continues to step up production, its fertiliser products are now attracting growing interest in the huge Indian market.

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23.09.2019

Georg Goeres has joined Indigo as Head of Europe as part of the company’s expansion into Europe. Goeres has lived in five different European countries over his 24-year career, strategizing for and achieving success in the agricultural industry.

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19.09.2019

Dava Corporation, owned by the Al Batal family, has entered into a contract for a large-scale turn-key greenhouse project with Debets Schalke. The project will develop three different greenhouse projects at three different locations with a total project size of 44 hectares. This is the largest horticultural investment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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16.09.2019

Agri-science firm PI Industries Ltd. has signed an agreement with Italian company Isagro SpA to acquire its wholly owned Asian subsidiary.

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03.09.2019

Syngenta has completed the acquisition of all relevant assets of The Cropio Group, an ag Tech company with a presence in over 50 countries, but with a primary focus in Eastern Europe.

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