The Dutch answer to Kazakhstan’s demand for self-sufficiency in food production, increased labour productivity and eco-system development.
In the winter of 2020, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan visited the Dutch Greenhouse Delta (DGD) and its partners and as a result of this visit, all the visited companies got an invitation for cooperation. DGD decided to propose a visit to Kazakhstan in order to talk with governmental leaders about the development of the horticulture sector in Kazakhstan. During the event, official and business circles of Kazakhstan and the Netherlands will discuss issues of mutual investment cooperation. Dutch companies will share their vision of the development of a modern agro-industrial complex, the transition to sustainable agriculture and the introduction of the latest breeding solutions, using advanced digital technologies, including the use of artificial intelligence and Big Data.
Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world, bordering Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and China, which gives access to major world markets. Kazakhstan is a politically, socially and economically stable country with a population of almost 19 million people and an area of 2.8 mln sq. km. The Agro-Industrial Complex is one of the most important strategic sectors of Kazakhstan’s economy. Around 20% of the employed population is engaged in agriculture and food production and 210 million hectares of its land is used for agriculture. The Kazakhstani Government supports the development of the sector with various incentives and subsidies, a business-friendly environment and investor’s rights protection. (source: Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic Kazakhstan).
The goal of this mission is to strengthen and boost the relationship between the Netherlands and Kazakhstan in the field of agriculture and horticulture with a long-term approach. And additionally, to position the Dutch agriculture and horticulture sector as an answer to Kazakhstan’s demand for self-sufficiency in food production, increased labour productivity and eco-system development. Eric Egberts, CEO of DGD: ‘’With this mission, we want to create awareness and interest to invest in the Dutch eco-system for sustainable and profitable food production, including how to move from traditional to modern production.’’
In 2026 a complete ecosystem for food production (fruits and vegetables) of 800 hectares must have been developed in Kazakhstan. To this end, a business model with added value for greenhouse business will be created and Dutch agronomists and specialists will be attracted, who will exchange knowledge and experience to contribute to the development of a complete eco-system for food production. The other mission goals are; defining consumer needs in Kazakhstan (Fork2Farm strategy), understanding government laws and regulations (current and future needs) and creating a training centre with additional functions and features like the World Horti Center.
The following organizations will participate in this promising mission: Dutch Greenhouse Delta, Van Der Hoeven Horticultural Projects, Dalsem, Certhon, KUBO, Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Koppert Biological Systems, Ridder Group, Svensson, Gakon, Priva, HVA International, Food Ventures, Solynta HAS University of Applied Sciences and Rijk Zwaan.
*Note: The organization strictly adheres to the COVID-19 protocol for testing.