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HollandDoor Newsletter
July 2018
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In our latest newsletter we informed you about our expanding activities in India. In this context we are very pleased with the subsidy we recently received, together with five Dutch educational organizations, for a new three year horticultural program for the Centre of Excellence of vegetables in Baramati. This gives the opportunity to continue our important work for this CoE.
Our expansion in other countries continues as well. This newsletter contains information on study tours and training programs for clients in India, France, Greece, Bangladesh, Germany and Iran. So, when you need agricultural or horticultural advice or skills or want to expand your network in any country, please feel free to send an e-mail to info@hollanddoor.nl or click here.
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New three year horticultural program in Baramati, India granted
In 2017 the Baramati Agricultural Development Trust (BATD), together with the Indian government invested in a very innovative CoE for vegetables, that shows the potential of Dutch technology, knowledge and skills for the Indian market. See the movie: CoE Baramati. In the presence of Mrs. Carola Schouten (Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality), HollandDoor and the BATD have signed a letter of commitment for a three-year Horticultural project together with this CoE and three Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences (VHL, HAS and Aeres), Lentiz and Wellant College.
In the coming three years the program must lead to increased market opportunities for products, produced under more controlled circumstances, and must be beneficial for all involved stakeholders along the supply chain. Read more...
Training programs for three Greece Vocational High Schools
Groups of 15-18 students and their mentors of Vocational High Schools of Athens, Dafni and Piraeus visited the Netherlands for two weeks in February, March and April-May respectively.
At the request of Dio Travel Agency HollandDoor organized a one week tailor-made training for the students. The second, more touristic part of the programs was organized by Dio Travel. The study tours were financed through the Erasmus+ program.
Improving the knowledge of the students and their insight in the topics covered, should enhance their ability to contribute to sustainable development strategies for the Greek economy. Read more...
Study tour French students animal husbandry
In March students from CS-Lait Laval, France, visited the Netherlands for a one-week study tour. They explored the developments in animal husbandry.
The group was surprised by the high soil prices in the Netherlands and the high average production per cow. Biological production, prices for farm cheese and the focus on cost-price reduction and sustainability were important items.
In one week several farmers, feeding suppliers, milk processing companies and educational centers were visited. Read more...
Bangladesh Ministry of Agriculture visits the Netherlands
In February, May and June HollandDoor was requested by Kernel International to organize a one day tailor-made study tour for three high-ranked delegations from various departments of the Ministry of Agriculture of Bangladesh.
The first two delegations visited high-tech greenhouse production companies in the Westland region. In June several production, grading and processing companies of fruit in the Betuwe region in the Netherlands were visited. The officials were highly inspired by the tours. The acquired knowledge will be used in their strategies for the development of the agricultural sector of Bangladesh.
CDI-WUR Training “Market Access for Food Security” again successful
Every year the Centre for Development Innovation, of Wageningen UR (CDI-WUR) organizes the course “Market Access for Food Security”. The course, targeting mid-career professionals from developing countries, was held twice, in February and April.
As in preceding years, HollandDoor was involved. We gave a lecture titled: “Supply Chain Management in Global Agriculture with focus on horticulture” and organized excursions to the FloraHolland Flower auction and Sion Orchids.
The course participants, coming from many different countries, were impressed by the used production techniques and the cooperation between Dutch growers, suppliers and knowledge institutes. Read more...
Indian floriculture learns from Dutch developments
In April a group of 12 persons from CoE Talegaon Flower Staff and Saveer company, both from India, followed a course at the World Horti Centre in the Netherlands. Flynth, course organizer, asked HollandDoor to inform the group about Dutch greenhouse cultivation.
Developments in the Netherlands were shown and compared with the situation in India. The need and struggle to be innovative for both Dutch and Indian companies was discussed. This training is not only meant for acquiring new knowledge but also focuses on how the Indian farmers can use this knowledge in their local situations. Read more...
Study tour for 40 Indian farmers from Madhya Pradesh
In April a group of 40 Indian farmers from the state of Madhya Pradesh (central India) visited the Netherlands. They wanted to get inspiration for their own business operations in India. HollandDoor prepared a three-day program, during which they visited a glasshouse tomato grower, a dairy farm with milking robot, an arable farm supplying contracter services to other farmers, a horse milking farm and the Dutch Dairy Campus. It's nice to see how questions from farmers from another country force Dutch farmers to think again about their own way of working. Not only the visitors learn!

In May a similar tour in France and Spain was organized. So HollandDoor is not only your door to Holland, but also to the rest of Europe! Read more...

German-Iranian association interested in Dutch greenhouse technology
Top Messe Service located in Berlin, Germany, requested HollandDoor in June to organize a one day tailor-made horticultural tour for a delegation of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce Association.
The tour focused on technical innovation in greenhouse vegetable and herb production. The group, consisting of 7 persons, visited a high-tech tomato and a high-tech sweet pepper greenhouse production company and a private research institute. Read more...

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