If we are to name the world’s largest agriculture exporters, The Netherlands never fails to be in the list. The Netherlands have become the world’s second largest agriculture exporter in the world after the United States.
In the Agriculture sector the dutch’s are predominantly known for their high quality goods in terms of Vegetables– Tomato, Chilli, Dairy- Milk, Cheese, and many other kinds of flowers and Ornamental plants.
The geography of Netherlands doesn’t hinder their progress. The combination of moderate climate in addition to the country’s flat land and fertile soil means that the Netherlands has near perfect conditions for farming plants, vegetables, fruits, poultry and meat.
To capitalize on these naturally occurring advantages, the dutch farmers have also implemented a vast number of greenhouses so that the products they grow have the absolute best conditions in which they grow under light 24*7 and 365 days a year.
The meticulously climate-controlled greenhouses, when looked from above looks like massive mirrors stretched over the landscape are more green complexes and greenhouses. Some are as large as 175 Acres and crops grown in these are Tomatoes, potatoes and the onions which the Netherlands in particular is renowned for.
The greenhouses have also reduced dependence on water for crops by as much as 90% and help them help them close to chemical abandoning use of chemical pesticides.
Within tomato vines as big as 20 feet tall can be seen fertilized with fish waste, this may be surprising to some but it’s push in innovation which is allowing the Netherlands to be a real competitor in the real world. In addition to their growing methods ethical and sustainable. Although the Netherlands does indeed have wonderful conditions for farming and agriculture that doesn’t mean there is an abundance of land to actually farm on the Netherlands.
In fact, Netherlands is a very densely populated country as dense as 1300 inhabitants per sq/mile. It is not only densely populated but it is also, relatively a small country. 17 Million people live there despite the Netherlands being six times smaller than the United Kingdom and 237 times smaller than the United States.
Working in such environment actually turned out to be beneficial, the agricultural land comes at a premium forcing the farmers who overtakes the acres to produce premium quality food at an efficient pace. The conditions which dutch farmers work under has ultimately being a predominant factor in the Netherlands becoming a powerhouse of an Agricultural Exporter. Secondly, the Netherlands backs their Agricultural Economy by putting their resources into training future agricultural workforce.
The Netherlands is much aware of their pivotal position in the exports market and are maintaining their legacy by furthering the nation’s agricultural knowledge and exporting it.
Considering the fact that Earth’s population is set to reach 10 Billion people and climate change is only going to make famine more common and unpredictable the Netherlands agricultural education exports are greatly welcomed.
These agricultural exports range from using Grasshoppers 150 tonnes of protein per hectare as an alternative to feeding animals grain soy one ton per hectare to offsetting nutrient deficient sow. By cultivating plants that act in symbiosis with certain bacteria to produce their own fertilizer as well as many other ways to increase their agricultural productivity. While decreasing the use of water and fossil fuels.
In addition to education and training the dutch are adept and innovators of agricultural technology known as Agritech. from the deployment of robots to physically pick ripe fruit to having automated mechanical food separators and processes. The Netherlands are capitalizing on innovation and technology to increase productivity and profitability.
Even drones are now being deployed to extract valuable information on Soil chemistry, Nutrition and overall growth from their daily overhead daily flights above crop fields.
The Netherlands also have another reason for their success, Infrastructure there’s the harbor ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and two large and active airports of Rotterdam and Schiphol. The superior railway system which operates in the Netherlands is advanced. All of these modes of transport ultimately equate to better, faster exporting of goods.
Their location in Central Europe, one of the richest regions in the world only bolsters their ability to shift and ship premium products not only around Europe but across the globe.
Countries that buy the dutch goods in bulk
Ar first place it is Germany, around € 23.4 Billion of total exports were shifted from the Netherlands to Deutschland last year. Which amounts to a massive 25% of exports coming from the Netherlands. In second place it is Belgium, Britain at third and France in fourth.