New Green Circle in Hoeksche Waard
Regional Minister Han Weber participated in the initial meeting of the new Green Circle for sustainable and innovative agriculture and food chains in the Hoekse Waard.
Together with the foremost farmers, the Rabobank, the Municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee, the Hoekse Waard region (SOHW) and the Province of Zuid-Holland, the starting signal for this new Green Circle was given on 17 November 2017.
A green circle is a chain network, in which demand and supply sides are represented. The communal purpose is to realise an economic system through the chain, aimed at improving the economic position of farmers and a rise in income per hectare. Subsequently, this will create scope for sustainable investments in landscape, environment and biodiversity.
The Green Circle is also supported by the area programmes Hoekse Waard and Goeree-Overflakkee, because both regions consider sustainable agriculture an important issue.
Innovative and sustainable
The aim is to not just discuss the challenges in the agricultural industry, but to really take action to improve the economic position of farmers in the Hoekse Waard and on Goeree-Overflakkee in a sustainable and innovative way, and to ensure a future-proof industry.
Regional Minister Han Weber: “Today, we started building a constructive platform for regional farmers. Through, in part, this platform, they will later be able to make sustainable and innovative investments that lead to better business results. The Province supports this wholeheartedly.
During the meeting, good discussions were held about circular entrepreneurship and making bio-based business models pay. Passionate stories from local entrepreneurs made other people stop and think in the workshop on short chains. How do we ensure that local products are consumed locally? Once again, the importance of the visibility of the industry to the consumer became clear.