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Horticulture: Vegetables & Fruits

The Dutch horticulture sector is the applied science of artificial, industrial-scale cultivation of vegetables, fruits, and other plants. The Netherlands has been in this business since day one and is an innovative world leader in the field.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

OPEN-AIR VEGETABLE CULTIVATION
Experts who have knowledge of most kinds of vegetables in the world, including tropical ones.

• Seed industry, tissue culture
• Plant protection, also organic management, storage quality
• Fruit growing: hard fruit, stone fruit, small fruit, tropical fruit
• Tree nursery, tree growing, irrigation
• Herbs
• Mushrooms: compost, growing, equipment
• Research in new varieties, knowledge of plant breeders rights
• Mechanisation influence on working conditions
• Vegetables: product, processing
• Farm set-ups and installations
• Trading: wholesale, auctions, consumers
• Farm management

MARKETING, AUCTIONS AND COOPERATIVES
The local market is often dominated by imports and the local producers efforts to take back this market are hampered by their lack of competitiveness – particularly regarding quantity, quality, presentation, variety of products and continuity of supply. Vegetable farmers, in particular, are having difficulty in identifying and accessing distribution channels.

PLANNING AND ENTERPRISING
Many PUM experts have their own farm.

TEACHING
Most important for young people to develop themselves.

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