Competitive position Zuid-Holland horticulture strengthened by founding of Greenport Holland




The founding of Greenport Holland makes for stronger competitive positions of greenports West-Holland, Boskoop, Dune and Bulb Region and Aalsmeer.

The competitive positions of the greenports West-Holland, Boskoop, Dune and Bulb Region, Aalsmeer, Noord-Holland North and Venlo have been reinforced by the establishment of the national Greenport Holland. Central government, the provinces of Zuid-Holland, Noord Holland, Limburg, the 6 greenports, the business community and the knowledge institutions are joining forces at national level to maintain the top position of the Dutch horticulture. Among other things, Greenport Holland will work on challenges regarding logistics, climate and energy, innovation and education.

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A year ago, the parties already compiled an agenda on the horticulture's necessary transitions to maintain its international top position. The foundation of Greenport Holland is the follow-up. Adri Bom-Lemstra, Regional Minister Zuid-Holland: “I am very pleased with the joining of forces at national level. With this powerful Greenport Holland the provinces, the central government and the horticultural parties can reach a comprehensive agreement on an accelerated development into a sustainable and future-proof chain."

Greenport Holland will direct the contributions to the energy tables, space and transport, the multi-annual programme infrastructure and the top sector policy. Jaap Bond, interim Chairman of the Executive Board Greenport Holland and Regional Minister of the Province of Noord-Holland: “Remaining a global leader in horticulture requires centralised cooperation. Greenport Holland wants to achieve that by making progress in the field of climate-neutral horticulture, a modernised production landscape, smart agro-logistics, innovation and the job market."

Challenges of the sustainable horticulture chain in Zuid-Holland

Horticulture is one of the nine top sectors and with its roughly €16 billion turnover makes an important contribution to the Dutch economy. 60% of the horticultural area in The Netherlands is situated in Zuid-Holland. This area must be modernised to allow new cultivation techniques, such as vertical cultivation, sensor technologies and robotics. In addition, the greenhouses must become cleaner and move away from using natural gas. This improves the water quality and reduces the energy consumption. Furthermore, the demand for fresh products from Europe is growing, among other things, as a result of an increasing population and the emergence of e-commerce. Every year, 78,000 containers with imported products and the products from the Greenports are transported to Western-Europe via the harbour and Schiphol. The increasing demand for the more frequent, faster and fresher supply of products necessitates continuous investments in efficient goods transport by water, rail and road. This is important for the Zuid-Holland economy and the environment. With the new Greenport Holland, the province can more easily address these issues at national level.