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Dutch companies look to bring efficiency, innovation for Indian agri, dairy space

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World’s 2nd largest exporter of agricultural produce, Netherlands is eager to examine collaborations with Indian agricultural and dairy entrepreneurs and organisations to innovate technologies that enhance the generate, deal with h2o issues and achieve the sustainability ambitions.

A leading diplomat from the Netherlands has educated that a collaboration on technology and study would present scalability and worth for the processing market in India.

Speaking to BusinessLine, Marten van den Berg, Ambassador of the Netherlands to India, Nepal and Bhutan, stated that the place focuses on the places of agriculture, wellness, h2o management and weather modify.

“We imagine there is a big potential in Indian agriculture sector and there is a have to have for innovation to enhance generate, deal with h2o issues, shortages and worth-addition. From new crop varieties, superior-top quality seeds, to enhance yields and general agricultural generation, we see a whole lot of chances to carry in Dutch technologies and companies in this big sector of India,” said the Ambassador.

Agri-Tech

Dutch companies are bringing technologies on potato and veggies processing to enhance farmers’ incomes and slash down food items losses, also, the seeds from Dutch seed companies tailored to Indian agronomic instances are nicely-geared up to assistance farmers offer with changing (climatic) problems. This, in addition to know-how on processing biomass and greenhouse technology from the Netherlands is observed boosting resilience and productiveness of farmers.

In the allied sectors these kinds of as dairy space, the Netherlands is checking out approaches to deploy Dutch technologies to make India’s dairy space much more effective and marketable. With an export worth of nearly USD six.four billion (approx Rs 48,500 crore), the Netherlands is amongst the world’s important dairy exporters. It has one of the maximum milk generate with one.3 million tonnes of milk generation from about one.5 million cows. As towards this, India has total milch animal population of a hundred twenty five.34 million and has annual milk generation of 188 million tonnes as on 2018-19.

Dairy farmers use about sixty for each cent of the agricultural land in the Netherlands. This is in stark contrast to India, where by dairy sector supports about 70 million rural households – largely tiny and marginal or landless farmers.

The better milk generate, in accordance to Berg, is connected to improved top quality cattle-feed – an spot of innovation to achieve superior productiveness. “Also, you have to have a chilly chain to shop, deal with and transport milk and products and solutions in a fantastic issue to market and export. In the dairy sector we are also hunting into options to carry technology innovation and see no matter whether they are applicable also in the Indian context.

We are engaging with the Central ministries in this regard,” said Berg, who is foremost a delegation of Dutch Organizations for the 10th edition of Agri Asia 2021 trade display in Gandhinagar in the course of December 9-eleven.

R&D

The Netherlands is even more checking out a close collaboration with companies, Point out and Central governments and R&D organisations as nicely as the educational institutions. Bringing a drastic modify and deploy contemporary technologies continue being a problem taking into consideration the conventional procedures of farming, Berg noted, “It is significant to realise this context to be thriving in put into practice the modifications in agriculture. In India, the share of Indian agriculture to the GDP is tiny taking into consideration the amount of individuals associated in it. So there is a have to have for innovation, to upscale and carry worth in processing. All this with a sustainability dimension,” said Berg.

The participant companies came from various places of horticulture and floriculture to processing, seed generation and dairy, bringing exclusive technology remedies to give to enhance agriculture in Gujarat and make it much more resilient.

“We aim to showcase and use technologies from the Netherlands to at some point use the know-how and tech to lead to productiveness, earning ability and resilience of Indian farmers,” said Amlan Bora, Commissioner (Trade & Investment decision), Netherlands Business Assistance Place of work (NBSO) in Ahmedabad.

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