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Dutch Agri- and Horticulture Benefitted from the Extension of the EU

Since 10 Central and Eastern European countries joined to European Union in 2004, the Dutch trade in the agrarian products with these countries has quadrupled. The value of the export to Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus and Malta was still around 1 billion Euro in 2003. This has increased to 4 billion in 2011. At the same time the Dutch import from these new members grew from 500 million to 2 billion Euro.

The Dutch agri- and horticulture has profited greatly from the EU's extension, says Siemen van Berkum of LEI-Wageningen UR. Holland has mainly been able to export extra dairy, cattle fodder and horticulture products and could import beef, grain and tobacco from the new members.

Many of the new EU members are very agrarian, notes Van Berkum. Mainly the livestock farming has been able to profit from this. Dutch cattle fodder companies have been able to import raw materials while there was more space made available to export the final products such as meat, dairy and eggs.

The LEI researcher also signals a number of negative effects of admitting the Central and Eastern European country. Especially the Dutch mushroom cultivation has been bothered by the added competition with Poland. Due to the lower labour costs in Poland, this labour intensive industry has shrunk in Holland and grown in Poland. The development in the mushroom cultivation is remarkable, as many other horticulture sectors profited from the cheap Eastern European workers they could find. If they had not had access the these workers, there would have been problems from many companies.

Source: Fresh Plaza - Dutch Agri- and Horticulture Benefitted from the Extension of the EU

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28 January 2016

@ Messeallee, 45131 Essen, Germany

AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is pleased to announce that FloraHolland is to be the Headline Sponsor at the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016.

FloraHolland is a co-operative organisation of and for growers of horticultural products, and brings the floriculture chain together in several ways. It is an open marketplace where suppliers of floriculture products and their customers can meet to do business. With its new strategy ‘Flowering the world together. Planting seeds of opportunities for all our members.’ it creates opportunities for our industry to encourage the consumer to spend more money on more flowers and plants. It provides benefits to its members and their customers by contributing to their margins by optimising its own logistics and taking control of floriculture standards.

AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe, commented, “FloraHolland is a major business in the ornamental horticulture industry. As an increasingly international organisation the partnership with the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards is the perfect match and I am very much looking forward to working with them to promote to the world the very best ornamentals growers”.

Floris Olthof, Manager Cooperation & Communication, FloraHolland, comments, “FloraHolland has been a member of AIPH for years. The cooperative also supports the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award where the most innovative and enterprising company from the horticultural sector is awarded. Winners of this competition are also recommended for the International Grower of the Year Award. We feel strongly about promoting innovation and successful entrepreneurship in this sector and warmly support both awards”.

The Awards which recognise best practice in ornamental horticultural production from all over the world, organised with founding partner FloraCulture International, invite growers of ornamental crops anywhere in the world to enter.

The Awards Gala Dinner will take place at the Messe Essen on Thursday, 28 January 2016. They will be hosted during IPM Essen in Germany, the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture.

For more information visit: www.aiph.org/groweroftheyear



Tim Briercliffe, AIPH Secretary General
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