M.G.M. Vintges

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ERIAFF Concerence 2014
Seinäjoki, Finland

M.G.M. Vintges, Strategic Advisor
Municipality of Westland, Netherlands
"Greenport Westland-Oostland and other Greenports in the Netherlands: Greenhouse horticulture clusters with ties unparalleled anywhere else in the world. A regional approach."

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M.G.M. Vintges

  1. 1. The Horticulture Cluster Westland- Oostland: a regional approach Seinäjoki 2014 June 11 ERIAFF Conference: Sustainable Food Systems Drs. Marga Vintges, Municipality of Westland
  2. 2. Outline of the presentation  Horticulture in the Netherlands  Greenports, a regional approach  Development, experiences and innovations  Knowledge development  International approach 2
  3. 3. Horticulture in the Netherlands • Fruits and vegetables • Bulbs, flowers, plants and trees - Cultivation: outdoor and in greenhouses - In regional clusters This presentation focusses on Greenhouse based horticulture clusters 3
  4. 4. Horticulture in the Netherlands 4
  5. 5. 5 Horticulture is a Dutch “top sector” The agenda: • More with less: innovative solutions with less space, water, energy and minerals; • Food safety and security; • Health and well-being: innovative solutions that provide healthy food and a healthy living and working environment; • Cooperating value chain: innovative solutions that contribute to efficient and sustainable chains;
  6. 6. 9 top sectors and cross overs 6
  7. 7. 7 What is a Greenport? A large horticulture cluster of different companies, in the supply chain, in spatial terms and in a concentration of production, delivery, trade, distribution and processing, which are strongly interlinked. Greenports: Regional Horticlusters
  8. 8. Greenport Westland-Oostland 8
  9. 9. Our role as a local government • Focussing on horticultural development and innovation. • Stimulating modern greenhouse horticulture. • Facilitate economic activities in agriculture, finding new markets, through sustainable growing of healthy, user-friendly products and concepts. • Stimulating international cooperation 9
  10. 10. Key success factor: all the needed experiences are available So as there are in Greenport Westland-Oostland: 1. Propagation material and seed selections 2. Technical equipment: greenhouses, water / heating / climate control / cooling etc. 3. Crop management 4. Agro logistic knowledge (Fresh products) 5. Marketing experience (Auction Flora Holland) 6. Knowledge institutes 10
  11. 11. 11 Development of the area: 60 years ago Amsterdam The Hague Rotterdam
  12. 12. 12 Today Amsterdam The Hague Rotterdam Westland
  13. 13. 13
  14. 14. 14 Greenhouses in the area
  15. 15. 15 Recent Innovations  Electricity production by cogeneration  Different types of (Semi)-closed Greenhouses  Sustainable water use  Sustainable crop protection  Global economic scale of operation  Investments in new equipment to increase productivity in order to stay in competition  Thermal storage and geothermal energy
  16. 16. Protected cultivation: better conditions 16 Open field: 80 litre water per kg tomatoes Completely controlled greenhouses: 4 litre water per kg tomatoes
  17. 17. 17 Artificial light: extra lux and to change day- night rhythm
  18. 18. LED light 18
  19. 19. 19 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 Jaar energie-efficientie(%1980) werkelijke ontwikkeling doelstelling Energy efficiency in the greenhouse sector Real development goal
  20. 20. Geothermal drilling 20
  21. 21. CO2 distribution to greenhouses (red line) 21
  22. 22. 22 Water storage cellar
  23. 23. Water reuse system 23 pourwater after beforedesinfection Supply unit rain wellbore
  24. 24. Biological crop protection  In vegetables normally only biological crop protection  In flower and plant production less chemicals are used Example: DELPHIBUG Delphastus catalinae (predatory beetle). Packaging: bottle Contents: 1,000 predatory beetles (adults) in buckwheat hulls. Combats Greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum) and cotton whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), all phases, with a preference for eggs and larvae. 24
  25. 25. 25 Packing station for vegetables
  26. 26. 26 Agro-logistics business parks
  27. 27. 27 Logistics for fresh product (reefer)
  28. 28. Logistic connections 28
  29. 29. Knowledge development Westland- Oostland 29 -Vocational education - Applied universities -Universities
  30. 30. Knowledge transfer Westland-Oostland 30 education lifelong learning valori sation inter national facilities companies education research
  31. 31. Connection with EURO 2020 and worldwide challenges • There will be 9 billion people to feed • Most of them living in metropolitan areas • Food safety and food security • With less use of materials, water and energy Our offer • Experience • Knowledge • Cooperation 31
  32. 32. International cooperation - China - Japan - Germany - Many other countries and areas We would like to cooperate with other horticultural regions! mgmvintges@gemeentewestland.nl 32
  33. 33. Conclusion The Greenport is  A unique cluster in size and completeness  The most knowledge intensive horticulture complex The Netherlands and Europe have gold in their hands! 33
  34. 34. Thank you 34 ?

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