Hebei Agricultural Delegation Visit


On 4th of September, Hebei Agricultural Delegation led by Mr. Ma Rongcai (Deputy Director-general of Hebei Provincial Agriculture Department) visited the province of Zuid-Holland, together with the leaders of the agricultural bureaus from Langfang and Chengde municipalities, and several company representatives of the horticulture sector, in total 9 people.

They visited Rijk Zwaan in the morning, received by Mr. Mao Weiping (Manager, China Market). Mr. Mao gave a presentation about the background of the company and the current market situation of Rijk Zwaan to the delegation. He also guided the group to see their factory as well as a visit to their famous tomato trial center. Afterwards, the delegation was invited to the Province of Zuid Holland for a lunch meeting. Mr. J.C. Spapens (Head of the unit European and International Affairs) received the delegation. The purpose of this meeting was to further discuss the MOU signed in June this year in Hebei. The discussion focused on the key cooperation fields including 1) promoting the application of the Netherlands ’horticulture growing technology in solar greenhouses’ in Hebei; 2) guide the cooperation of Chinese and Dutch enterprises in terms of intelligent glasshouses; 3) support the cooperation of both parties’ enterprises and scientific research institutions in education and training. In addition, the Province of Zuid Holland presented their concept of “greenports” to Hebei delegation and their experiences with this concept. The Province of Zuid-Holland offered to contribute with knowledge and available resources for the future horticultural development in Hebei through this strategic framework cooperation.