09.11.2005

CCPIT-SSA - Sub Council of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture/PR China (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Specialized Sub-council of Agriculture) and New Ag International are pleased to announce that they will again co-organize Irrigation & Fertilizer Expos China, 19-21 September 2006, at the Beijing National Agricultural Exhibition Centre. In parallel to the expos, a number of seminars on irrigation, fertigation and specialty plant nutrition will be held.

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24.10.2005

The European Commission recently opened a formal investigation procedure in respect of a German tax exemption in favour of greenhouse horticulture. The measure consists of a reduced rate of taxation applicable to heating fuel, methane and liquid gas used to heat greenhouses. This exemption, introduced in 2001 would appear to entail aid for German greenhouses of approximately EUR 15 million per year.

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24.10.2005

The first liquid speciality factory in Egypt was commissioned in September by Misr Speciality Fertilizer (MSF) chairman and SQM director, Patrick van Beneden, who welcomed to the factory close to 300 guests representing the most prominent local authorities and local industries as well as leading growers and international expert contributors to MSF. The company MSF is a joint venture between SQM, Yara and Yara’s local partners Assem Doss and Gamal Aziz. The capacity of the plant and market target exceeds 85,000 tons of Yara branded liquid fertilizers. It was designed by Yara Technology expert teams and erected by Yara engineer Helge Pihl.

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24.10.2005

Ronald Gilbert, who introduced the concept of pressurized irrigation around the world, is the 2005 recipient of the Irrigation Association Crawford Reid Memorial Award. Established in 1979, the Crawford Reid Memorial Award recognizes significant achievements in the promotion of proper irrigation techniques and major industry advancement outside the United States. Gilbert, chairman and chief executive of Irridelco International Corp., was instrumental in developing irrigation in Ecuador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Spain, the Philippines, Vietnam and many other countries. Gilbert joined Irridelco International in 1947. In 1953, he began to travel, selling agricultural irrigation products around the globe, and he hasn't quit. Gilbert continues to spend six months a year travelling the world on behalf of Irridelco.

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