The need for innovation and reform of current Indian …
On October 6, the covenant for the PIB NLHortiRoad2India was signed at the Netherlands India Business Meet in Ahoy, Rotterdam. This festive ceremony marks the kick-off of a multi-year public-private partnership, which aims to position the Dutch horticultural sector as a partner for India to meet India’s increasing demand for fresh, safe, and nutritious fruits and vegetables.
Vertical farming projects are now sprouting up all over the world. Signify and BASF’s Vegetable Seeds Business are actively involved with these types of projects. They have emphasised the importance of specifically focussing as much of a vertical farming project on the consumer’s needs and requirements as possible. Both parties are looking into how they can strengthen and support each other here.
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The horticultural sector in China is on the rise; the country is increasingly focusing on its own food supply. This brings with it the necessary challenges, among others in the field of energy and water consumption, labor, and knowledge. Hoogendoorn Asia tries to support Chinese market gardeners in various areas, together with a partner such as DGD. “Sustainability also means entering into partnerships with parties who have the same values and are pursuing the same dream.”
Horticulture in India is at the beginning of a strong evolution from open to covered crops. In the short term, this mainly concerns the mid-tech segment, in which many existing growers are making great strides by investing in fairly simple net and foil greenhouses. Syngenta is stimulating this development and also wants to look at longer-term developments with DGD.
“The moment growers realize that there is too much water when growing in the open ground and that considerable savings can be made on water in other cultivation systems, Meteor Systems comes into play. Our mission is to translate traditional horticultural knowledge into modern technologies,” explains Peter Lexmond, Commercial Director of Meteor Systems. The program of Partners for International Business (PIB), focused on India, will soon start and Meteor Systems is one of the companies that is stepping in.
The covered cultivation of vegetables, fruits and flowers is in great swing all over China. “This varies from very large-scale high-tech greenhouses to small-scale companies, which are developing strongly technically. High-quality Venlo greenhouses are emerging, but the acreage of tunnel greenhouses for the cultivation of soft fruit, for example, is still growing rapidly,” says Fulco Wijdooge.