The Netherlands might be a small country, but it’s the second-largest exporter of agriculture in the world, after the United States. Agriculture occupies more than half of all land in the Netherlands and accounts for almost 10% of national income and total employment.
The Dutch Agri industry is characterized by intensive research and development of innovative systems. The growth of the industry took place from the cooperation between researchers, farmers and other agricultural industries.
INNOVATION – PRECISION FARMING
Research and innovation are vitally important elements of Dutch agriculture and horticulture. Dutch agri-food companies and knowledge institutions produce innovative work in many areas of activity, including sustainability, nutrition and crop protection agents.
GREENHOUSES – ENERGY SAVINGS
The need to overcome the natural constraints of available land, water and climate has led the Netherlands to develop sophisticated greenhouse technologies that are particularly useful in high value-added crops. In addition, energy savings is a priority for the Dutch horticulture sector. Greenhouse technology from the Netherlands has been setting the international standard for horticulture for over a century. The success of the Dutch greenhouses has made cultivation of all sorts of fruits, vegetables and flowers possible on a commercial scale.
Consuming food is a daily necessity for all human beings, and even though The Netherlands is a small country, it helps feed the planet, thanks to the efficiency, productivity and constant innovation of its agriculture, creating added value in a sustainable way.
Home to the largest port in Europe (Port of Rotterdam), the Dutch horticulture sector has a vast logistics network. Vegetables harvested in the Netherlands can be sold in New York on the same day. This enables The Netherlands to be the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world, with special emphasis on products such as flowers, cheese, tomatoes, vegetables in general and beer.
Brazil is one of the top contenders when it comes to agricultural commodities and horticultural production. In particular, the country is a major producer of grains, soybean, sugar, coffee and livestock products with a very positive outlook for the upcoming years. The agtech adoption in Brazil is a strong trend for this industry and is expected to result in improved yields, and strong export opportunities for many products.
The opportunities for Dutch companies within the agribusiness in Brazil are substantial. There are many concrete possibilities for Dutch entrepreneurs, especially in the field of innovation, technology and sustainable entrepreneurship. In regions such as Holambra (in the state of Sao Paulo), Dutch families have been active for several generations in the flower and plant sector, and with success.
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