The Province of Zuid-Holland signs the first Horticultural Sector Agreement (Tuinbouwakkoord)

Published on 15 March 2019

35 horticultural organisations and authorities have signed the Tuinbouwakkoord, in which they agree to work towards a circular, sustainable horticulture and will further strengthen the industry's international competitive position. Besides Minister Schouten (Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality), Regional Minister Adri Bom-Lemstra on behalf of the Province of Zuid-Holland signed the agreement.

The parties signed the agreement during the National Horticulture congress on 14 March at Koppert Biological Systems in Berkel en Rodenrijs. As a result of this agreement, the entire horticultural industry, from flower bulbs to glasshouse horticulture will work with authorities and knowledge and educational institutions on a thriving and trendsetting horticultural industry. Seven (7) priorities have been set to achieve this: energy and modernisation, horticultural area, fresh logistics, healthy plants/healthy people, innovation, labour market and education, and internationalisation. These priorities exceed the capacity and scope for action of individual businesses.

Top position by cooperation

Minister Schouten: “The Dutch agriculture stands for dynamic and progressive entrepreneurship. We recognise this in the Tuinbouwakkoord, which gives direction to a 100% circular agricultural industry. We will apply on a larger scale what the agricultural industry, always on the cutting edge, has for years: use raw materials carefully, reduce food wastage and prevent harmful emissions. I’ll sign for that.”

Regional Minister Adri Bom-Lemstra did so, too. “In Zuid-Holland, we are proud of our greenports. They are an important motor for the regional and national economy. Internationally, we hold a top position, among other things because of our excellent crops, efficient logistics and our efforts in knowledge and innovation. To maintain that position, collaboration is crucial. We already collaborate in various ways in Zuid-Holland. Great, that this agreement also creates a collaboration with the National Government.”