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FERTINNOWA NEWS
ISSUE 2
12th July 2016
Dear reader, 

During the last couple of weeks, consortium members have put FERTINNOWA in the picture all over Europe. FERTINNOWA managed to gain the interest of not only growers, but also researchers, enterprises and policy makers.

Today, growers play a full part in the individual consultations during which they explain in great detail the bottlenecks they experience. The information we have collected so far seems to be extremely valuable. It will form the basis for the further actions of FERTINNOWA. Based on the growers’ experiences, FERTINNOWA will decide which technologies will be exchanged and which evaluations of innovative technologies will occur. 
In the next few months, we will continue consulting growers but we would also like to involve other stakeholder groups such as enterprises, policy makers, researchers, ... to give them the opportunity to express their points of view. 

In October 2016, FERTINNOWA invites you to join us during our first workshop "Meeting growers’ needs: optimal management of irrigation and fertigation". 




This workshop provides the European horticulture sector-at-large a unique forum where producers, growers, academia, sector driven research and industry have the opportunity to interact, discuss and describe the growers’ needs for optimal management of irrigation and fertigation. Up to 150 participants are expected from all over Europe. You will find more information about this event at the bottom of this newsletter. 

We hope to welcome you in October, but first enjoy reading our newsletter and certainly enjoy the upcoming holidays. 
 
Els Berckmoes, Ingrid Van Damme,
Raf De Vis
(The project management team)

FERTINNOWA news 

Executive Board visits Slovene farms






On Wednesday May 18, 2016 during the 7th Executive Board meeting in Maribor we visited growers implementing best practice of irrigation/fertigation systems in Slovenia at the area of Posavje,  which is  mostly a vegetable, strawberry, and apple production area  with a small area of vine nurseries.

In the morning, we visited the company Fruit Blanca Ltd. Which was established in 2000 and is associated with the company Evrosad Ltd. Plant. The total cultivated area of Fruit Blanca Ltd. is 107 ha and mainly consists of apples including 3 ha of pears. In the past, the Fruit Blanca Ltd. was drip irrigating 20 ha of apples in Loka near Zidani Most, next to the hydroelectric power plant Blanca.

The manager of the company, Jože Ratajc, introduced us the new fertigation system and we discuss the bottlenecks that he faces. The new fertigation system has the capacity to fertigate 81 ha of land including vegetable fields of neighbour growers in Arška.         Read more

EIP-agri brochure highlights FERTINNOWA

15th of June, EIP-agri released a brochure on thematic networks to improve understanding of this still new concept. Two thematic networks,  Winetwork and FERTINNOWA, are key examples in this brochure. The highlighted practice abstract "Application of zeolite to reduce nitrates concentration in growing media and soils" is written by Federico Tinivella from CERSAA  Read more

Growers consultations

Consultation highlights  bottlenecks for hydroponic culture of cucumber

In March 2016 a small group of Flemish and Dutch cucumber growers were asked about the bottlenecks and needs for new technologies to further evolve towards sustainable water use on their farms. It became clear that root exudates are really challenging in closed cucumber growing systems. A second point of interest is the continuous online monitoring of nutrient elements of the nutrient solution. Read more 

FERTINNOWA ON THE WEB

The website has been developed as the basic information platform for interaction with key stakeholders. The website tells key stakeholders and the general public what FERTINNOWA is about. The FERTINNOWA website provides information on the project, the list of partners, updates on progress and results; it will also act as a gateway to other relevant projects. As a core element of the external communication strategy of FERTINNOWA project, the website is a dynamic environment to which information will be added as it becomes available. 

Upcoming events

Workshop:  “Meeting growers needs: optimal management of irrigation and fertigation”















Register yourself




Take part in the technology market 



 
Wednesday, the 12th of October 2016, FERTINNOWA members and VEGEPOLYS will organise a workshop on the practical management of irrigation and fertigation in horticultural production (water quality, water use efficiency, nutrient use efficiency, source water management …) in Saint –Pol-de-Léon, Brittany, France. The workshop will be followed by a day of field visits on Thursday, the 13th of October to innovative local growers.
 
This meeting is one-of-a-kind in the sense that all the players in the field are activated. Growers, advisors, industry, policymakers, local authorities and researchers will have the opportunity to interact directly together during:
  • the work sessions
  • the one-to-one meeting  sessions, giving attendees the opportunity to organize bilateral meetings 
  • the technology market where exhibitors will have the chance to showcase their innovative technologies
  • the closing cocktail.
Readers of this newsletter are offered a reduced entrance fee. The growers who participated to the interviews for FERTINNOWA benchmark study are offered free entrance.         REGISTRATION 

Enterprises, researchers, .... can sign up for the technology market to showcase innovative technologies in the field of water management. Registration is possible until the  20th of July. The exhibitor with the most promising technology, decided by all attendees, will receive the Innovation Award. The winners will hereby receive:
- 1st prize: a free ‘honorary’ exhibition space at the workshop in Almeria in 2018
- The top three of the Innovation Award competition will be mentioned in a communication distributed to local and national farming media and will also be mentioned on the FERTINNOWA website for the duration of the project (until December 2018), with the opportunity to publish updates on their products. APPLY AS EXHIBITOR
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