Dutch ag-tech in the limelight at World Expo 2020 Dubai

WESTLAND, Netherlands: As part of the Netherlands’s presence at the World Expo in Dubai, the Dutch Horticultural Days will showcase how Dutch ag-tech can improve sustainable agriculture.

The Dutch Horticultural Days will take place on 21 and 22 February 2022 in conjunction with the Expo’s ‘Food, Agriculture & Livelihoods Week’ runnning from 17 – 23 February 2022.

Decision makers from within the global horticulture, investors and retailers will gather for a dynamic programme.

Key note speakers include the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the President of WUR, Prof. dr. ir. Louise Fresco, Priva CEO Meiny Prins, and futurist Christian Kromme

To download the programme visit http://www.nlhorti2dubai.com

‘’There is an ever-increasing demand for self-sufficiency in the production of food’’, says Eric Egberts CEO of Dutch Greenhouse Delta and co-organiser of the Horticultural Days. He adds,  ‘’Governments worldwide, and specifically in the Gulf region have launched many initiatives for food security fors elf sufficiency. Consumers demand fresh, healthy, safe, and affordable food, which is sustainably produced. The Dutch are experts in getting the most yield out of every hectare in a sustainable way, using less water, fewer crop protection products, less manure, and fewer carbon emissions. The Netherlands is the second-largest food producer in the world. Dutch horticulture has the knowledge and technology to make countries more ‘resilient’ when it comes to local food production. Holistic solutions from the Netherlands for producing food locally in a region with unfavourable climate conditions, involving water-energy-food simultaneously, can be of great use for further ensuring food security in countries worldwide.”

Erik Smidt, the Dutch Agricultural Counsellor to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman & Bahrain adds, ‘’Food security can only be achieved through a strong partnership between governments, businesses, research institutions, and citizens. We show how collaboration between them leads to continuous innovations. Together, we can make significant steps towards more sustainable food production worldwide.’’

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first Expo which is held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The Expo celebrating technological advances humanity has made under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. The Expo runs for six months – from 20 October 2020 until 31 March 2022.

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