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Nov 13, 2018
TEDxDenHelder - October 8, 2018: Marc Van Rijsselberghe talks about his work, his vision on solving world food and water problem. Saline agriculture as a solution.
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Nov 12, 2018
(Persbericht, 12 november 2018 ) Afgelopen week is het artikel “An improved methodology to evaluate crop salt tolerance from field trials”, van de Nederlandse wetenschappers Prof. Dr. G. van Straten (Wageningen Universiteit), Prof. Dr. P. van Bodegom (Universiteit Leiden), Prof. Dr. J. Rozema (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Dr. A. de Vos (Salt Farm Texel) en Dr. B. Bruning (Salt Farm Texel, Salt Farm Foundation) gepubliceerd. Dit artikel, in opdracht van Salt Farm Foundation en Ministerie van Economische Zaken, gaat over een verbeterde methode om zouttolerante gewassen te identificeren en zo de zilte landbouw vooruit te helpen.
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Nov 12, 2018
(Press release, 12 november 2018) Last week the article "An improved methodology to evaluate crop salt tolerance from field trials" by Dutch scientists Prof. dr. Dr. G. van Straten (Wageningen University), Prof. dr. Dr. P.M. van Bodegom (Leiden University), Prof. dr. Dr. J. Rozema (VU University Amsterdam), Dr. ir. A.C. de Vos (Salt Farm Texel) and Dr. B. Bruning (Salt Farm Texel, Salt Farm Foundation) was published. This article, made on request of Salt Farm Foundation and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, is about an improved method to identify salt-tolerant crops, and thus to advance saline farming.
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May 7, 2017
On Saturday 6th of May 8 stagaires from different countries (Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Sudan and Yemen) visited Salt Farm Texel. One of the many excursions of the two-month FBLN training program in the field of flooding. This training program is part of a two-year internship program designed to develop young talent to become future leaders in FBLS (Flood Support Lifelong Learning Systems). Marc van Rijsselberghe gave a presentation about the Salt Farm Foundation and their activities and projects around the world. A tour was also conducted at the Salt Farm and Marc explained the current activities and future plans. The trainees had never heard of a salt farm and have gained many new insights and ideas.
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Feb 22, 2017
Dutch scientists have found a method for growing certain crops on salinized, non-arable farmland. This is truly an innovation, since food production on salinized soil has always been considered impossible. It was discovered that specific varieties of potatoes, carrots, red onions, white cabbage and broccoli actually thrive when irrigated in a special way, with salt water at the roots.
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Jan 17, 2017
Deputy Head of Mission Ms. Renate Pors and Dutch experts of Salt Farm Texel and MetaMeta visit test fields of the National Agricultural Research Council in Islamabad.
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Oct 6, 2016
Great report of CBS News in the USA! They found 'creative thinking on climate change' at Salt Farm Texel and made this beautiful news report on our farm about it.
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Sep 13, 2016
The magazine is funded by the European Commission. 'This third edition of ‘Agrinnovation’ magazine gives you a round-up of EIP-AGRI events, news and inspirational stories from the past year. You can read about the first Operational Groups that have started, new tools for exchanging knowledge, an update on EIP-AGRI Focus Groups, and innovative ideas from across Europe.'
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Jul 20, 2016
Water management is one of the greatest challenges facing the agrifood sector today. Worldwide, less and less water per head of the population is going to be available for food production. In 2050 it will be a third of what it was in 1950. This is easy to explain, since in the same period the world’s population will have grown from 2.5 billion to 9 billion people. But there is reason for optimism.
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May 30, 2016
Our CFO Robin Konijn was one of the participants of the Agri-Trade event in Lahore, Pakistan last week. It was a nice way to explore possibilities for further collaboration and joint ventures. We thank the Embassy of the Netherlands in Pakistan for the invitation and giving us the possibility to learn more of Pakistan and to see more options for saline agriculture in the country.
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May 19, 2016
So proud to work on this project in Bangladesh together with ICCO. We're ready to introduce salt tolerant agriculture to this country and help farmers to start growing crops on their saline farm land. Thereby giving healthy food and income opportunities to these families.
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Mar 22, 2016
By invitation of The Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands & U.S. Agency for International Development (USAid) our Head R&D, Dr. Arjen de Vos, went to Pakistan to celebrate the salt tolerant potato. The program is a live cooking demonstration, tasting and discussing on the salt tolerant potato. Arjen will give a presentation about our work and the potential of the potato which is doing very well in the saline soil of Pakistan.
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Feb 29, 2016
The salt tolerant potatoes are doing very well in Pakistan. Time to give a demonstration to the local farmers. Pakistan has over 6 million hectares of saline farmland and an enormous growing population. So growing salt tolerant crops is very important. Good work of our colleagues of Jaffer Brothers in Pakistan.
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Jan 26, 2016
Could salt tolerant potatoes be the next big thing? Great article about our work and our project in Pakistan.
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Jan 11, 2016
Salt Farm Texel, Zilt Proefbedrijf and Marc Foods are looking back at a great year. Salinity is no longer an issue that's being ignored. Universities, governments and farmers are starting to see that salinization is a topic. We showed the world that there are opportunities to use salt affected land by growing salt tolerant crops. Main topics we work on: research on salt tolerant crops and halophytes, using of less fresh water and feeding the growing population on earth.
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Nov 12, 2015
This week the new growing season has started in Pakistan. Our salt tolerant potato-seeds will be planted by the local farmers working for Jaffer. For the Challenge 'Securing Water For Food' we, together with MetaMeta and Jaffer Brothers (Private) Limited, are testing the salt tolerance of potatoes on the saline fields in Pakistan. This is a 3 year program. In the first year we've successfully harvested saline potatoes. This 2nd year is all about upscaling. We've also registred the first 4 salt tolerant potato varieties for the national catalogue of varieties of Pakistan.
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Oct 28, 2015
The scientific paper on salt tolerant legumes is out, based on research at our open air laboratory. We are very proud and happy with the great work of the VU University Amsterdam! Continue to read the article.
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Oct 20, 2015
Saline carrots! The yield of a row of 1 meter, grown at a salinity level of 12 dS/m. According to the international standard these carrots should be dead! Even at the highest salt concentration we use, the carrot itself only contains about 2 grams sodium per kg fresh weight.
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Sep 8, 2015
Last week Dutch State Secretary Sharon Dijksma and deputy Gerald Silberie signed a Memorandum of Understanding 'development of sustainable agriculture and horticulture in Bonaire'. The MOU includes appointments about starting an expertise center, test-field and innovation center for sustainable agri- and horticulture techniques. In this project we, Salt Farm Texel tested on Texel, will work together with Meromar Seafoods BV and Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). New challenge!
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Sep 7, 2015
This week we've started the harvest of the new salt tolerant potatoes, 15 varieties, 6 salt concentrations, 8 repetitions, so 720 bags to be filled!