Horticulture in the Netherlands

Horticulture Industry in the Netherlands

More and more countries look for sustainable solutions for food, energy and water. These solutions are becoming increasingly important as the population continues to grow. Horticulture & Propagation Materials Sector is a leader in the development of crops that include less sensitive to weather conditions. Or that require fewer pesticides. The top sector has the ambition to be a world leader in 2020, sustainable solutions to social problems.

In 2010, the then Cabinet Rutte 1 started with the top sector policy. The government wants top sectors in which The Netherlands excels worldwide, make even stronger. Horticulture & Propagation Materials is one of them, because the industry already has a strong position and growth opportunities. This means that the government is investing in companies within the sector.

The top sector Horticulture & Propagation Materials includes all vegetable chains in the horticultural complex. The top sector is a broad sector with subsectors ranging from fruits, vegetables and trees to flowers & bulbs. Starting materials are products such as seed, seedlings and sowing seeds. The sector includes companies in processing, supply, marketing and distribution. The top sector integrates the cluster Greenport Netherlands, a spatial-economic network of Greenport clusters and regions. It enables the various horticultural chains, services and research institutes in close interaction for a strong competitive position.


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Source: CBS (2015): Monitor topsectors 2015, results 2011, 2012 en 2013