Egyptian greenhouse cultivation at a higher level with Dutch Technology ; Annual Report 2013

Elings, A.; Helm, F.P.M. van der; Blok, C.; Meijer, R.J.M.; Lahiani, Y.; Janmaat, A.; Zaki, M.; Hassan, H.


The project ‘Egyptian greenhouse cultivation at a higher level with Dutch technology’ is co-funded under the Top Sector Programme Horticulture and Starting Materials. The project wants to realizes through the use of Dutch technology a higher level of sustainability of Egyptian protected cultivation, especially in the areas of water and crop protection. Collaborating private partners are Koppert and HortiMaX in The Netherlands, and BioEgypt and AllGreen in Egypt. Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture is the collaborating research partner. In the first year 2013, the project proposal was agreed upon, and after summer, water technology was demonstrated at the AllGreen farm. As this is only effective if crop cultivation in a general sense is improved as well, weekly skype meetings were organized between Wageningen UR and AllGreen. The political unrest caused delay in the process to suggest revision of current rules with regards to the import of biological control agents. It is envisaged that in 2014, when the political situation has become more quiet, the project will accelerate.