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HollandDoor Newsletter
December 2019
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The agricultural sector in Asia is developing rapidly. The HollandDoor team is proud to make a contribution to these developments in various countries, as you can read in this newsletter. However, also many projects take place in other parts of the world. Look for all the HollandDoor projects on the website.
The HollandDoor team wishes you all a very good and productive 2020. Do you want to know how HollandDoor can support your ambitions and your organization in the coming year? Feel free to send an e-mail to info@hollanddoor.nl or click here.
In this newsletter
Market opportunities for Dutch greenhouse industry in India
Akash Pawar, an Indian student studying at Van Hall Larenstein in the Netherlands, did his internship at HollandDoor. He analyzed the market potential for Dutch vegetable greenhouse technology, services and knowhow in India. This internship was supported by several Dutch companies, which are interested in the Indian market.
The main growth in protected cultivation is expected in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh and Gujarat. The main drivers for investment in protected cultivation are knowledge and training of farmers, but also the political will of the government and growth of the economy play an important role. Read more.
Effective trainings in IPM in Sri Lanka
For the second year in a row, HollandDoor was project manager for IPM trainings for protected and open field vegetables and fruits in Sri Lanka. Five times, from March till November, a one-week training was conducted for 124 farmers and extension officers. Participants not only gained new knowledge but also developed a new attitude regarding food safety and the importance of reducing the use of pesticides. 
In December, the trainings were followed by an impact evaluation in the field at six farms. It was noticed that less pesticides were being used. Moreover, the farms were using monitoring systems, improved techniques and protective clothing. Read more.
India ToT program starts to deliver seminars and trainings 
In 2018 HollandDoor started a three-year project in India in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Vegetables in Baramati
In July 2019, the fifth training was organized. During this training, the focus shifted from tailored training of participants to training module development. Four of the developed modules cover a wide range of greenhouse cultivation topics and four modules cover value chain topics.
Currently one-day roadshow seminars are being organized. During these seminars, the eight module development teams pitch their modules to farmers and other stakeholders, inviting them to sign up for full trainings starting in 2020. The first seminar took place on 18 October in Narayangaon, a city surrounded by about 50,000 ha of tomato cultivation. The day after, the roadshow was repeated in Baramati.
In the coming months, the trainees will continue their work on development and implementation of the eight training modules, which will target greenhouse vegetable farmers and other stakeholders of primarily the state of Maharashtra. Read more.
Bangladesh government continues to study Dutch agribusiness
In 2018 and spring 2019, HollandDoor organized at the request of Kernel International, several short tailor-made study tours for the Ministry of Agriculture of Bangladesh.
In July we organized a short study tour for the same Ministry, focusing on the theme “Best practices for agricultural products marketing system”. Several growers and growers’ collectives were visited.
In October again a short study tour was organized, but now with the theme “Irrigation Optimization Techniques by using Surface Water”. In some areas of Bangladesh, the ground water levels are dropping and the Ministry is studying strategies to use more surface water resources for irrigation to replace soil water usage.
The general objective of these tours is to inspire and create understanding of how participants can contribute to strategic goal developments in their own agricultural sector. Read more.
Postharvest and tissue culture in the spotlights during study visit Sri Lanka
The Embassy of the Netherlands in Colombo and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) have collaborated to conduct a study visit to the Netherlands late November 2019 with 15 Sri Lankan horticulture companies interested in postharvest and plant tissue culture. The Nederlandse Export Combinatie (NEC) organized the mission and HollandDoor supported NEC in the preparation as well as during the mission itself.
The mission was part of a multi-year program by the World Bank: the Agricultural Sector Modernization Project (ASMP). Ten of the leading ASMP officers also took part in the mission. The full week program included field visits in the ornamental sector and fruit and vegetables sector, a B2B matchmaking event and in-depth workshops and masterclasses. HollandDoor provided two of these workshops.
The trip motivated the participants to further explore the various options to invest and to collaborate with Dutch knowledge and technology providers. Read more.
Indian delegation from Madhya Pradesh interested in Dutch horticulture
In November, a high-profile delegation from the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh visited Europe and came to the Netherlands. At the request of Jains Irrigation, an Indian company and one of the global market leaders in irrigation equipment, HollandDoor organized an inspiring tour to experience, learn and enjoy Dutch greenhouse horticulture.
The delegation was chaired by Mr. Arun Yadav, Ex state agriculture minister in Indian Government, coming from Madhya Pradesh. Mr. Bondriya, director of Krishak Jagat an important media channel and Mr. Vaibhav Jain, CEO of Eagle Seeds also joined the delegation, together with three progressive farmers. The group was accompanied by Mr. Sanjay Bhandari, President of Marketing of Jain for Madhya Pradesh. Read more.
Many opportunities for dairy farming in Vietnam
This autumn the Vietnamese dairy sector was visited by HollandDoor. Vietnamese milk and dairy products are popular in overseas markets, especially in China and the Middle East. Vietnam and China have recently signed a protocol on Vietnam's milk export to China and the first shipment under this protocol was delivered to China last month.
To meet the increasing demand, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam (MARD) suggests accelerating the restructuring of the farming sector on an industrial scale, improving added values of animal products and developing the processing industry. Vietnam plans to have 500,000 dairy cows and produce a million tons of milk in 2020 – a growth of more than 11%! In 2030 this should reach 700,000 cows and two million tons of milk.
HollandDoor is in contact with dairy companies and associations for organizing trainings, like CowSignals, and starting matchmaking with several Dutch companies.
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