We found this short article from Food and Drink Business, a magazine specialized in the food and beverage industry in Europe. It reveals the economic performance achieved by the Dutch agri & food sector in 2016. Innovation and Dutch high technology made it possible to accomplish a new record. And they want to continue on the path to effective, healthy and sustainable consumption and further strengthen their position in the European agricultural market.
“The Dutch agri & food sector has further strengthened its leading position in the world market. In 2016, Agri & Food exports totalled almost €94 billion, compared to €90 billion in 2015. Agricultural products accounted for €85 billion and agricultural materials, knowledge and technology accounted for €9 billion: a new record. This means the agri & food sector now comprises 22% of total exports. This is shown by provisional figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and Wageningen Economic Research.
The export of agricultural products rose by over €3.6 billion (+4.4%) to €85 billion, the largest increase since 2011. The exports were mainly foodstuffs, such as vegetables, fruit, dairy, meat and processed products, in addition to high-quality floriculture. A noticeable factor is the increasing demand for Dutch agricultural materials, innovations and high-quality technology. Exports in this area totalled nearly €9 billion. Examples of such exports include energy-efficient greenhouses, precision agriculture systems (via GPS and drones) and new discoveries that make crops more resistant to the effects of climate change and diseases. In 2016, the import of agricultural products rose by 1.6% to €57.1 billion.”
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