Sustainable Urban Agriculture Cooperation Zuid-Holland and Hong Kong
A group of growers from Hong Kong, together with the officials from AFCD (Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department) had a one-week study tour to the Netherlands from 9 to 13 September.
In the afternoon of 10 September, co-organized by Province of Zuid-Holland, a seminar about Developing & Feeding Sustainable Future Urban Regions was hosted in The Hague. Vice-governor Jeannette Baljeu, Deputy Director-general of AFCD Dr. SO Ping Man and Head of Science & Technology Office at the Chinese Embassy Professor Zhang Xinmin delivered welcome and keynote speeches on behalf of their organizations.
Hong Kong and Zuid-Holland have a lot of similarities, from the perspectives of geography, population density, and market behavior. On such a small piece of land, the development of high-quality food to feed the mega city is a major challenge. The Netherlands has a lot of expertise in this field. Companies and knowledge institutes in Zuid-Holland have a lot of experience to solve this challenge at home and in places all over the world. Experience Province of Zuid-Holland is most willing to share.
Close to the topics of vertical farming, automation, and organic cultivation, and urban agricultural challenges, Ms. Jolanda Heistek from Greenport Westland, Dr. LING Ka Ho from AFCD and Mr. Jilles Goedknegt from Priva presented their ideas and solutions.
During the stay, the delegation also visited Delphy, Royal Flora Holland Naaldwijk, TomatoWorld, World Horti Center, Eosta, Viscon Group and Duijvestijn Tomato (coordinated by Ridder / Hortimax).