We look back on a valuable conference, as start of the floriculture mission from Vietnam to the Netherlands, consisting of government representatives, education institutes and growers from three different Vietnamese provinces.
The conference focused on flower and ornamental plan cultivation and the collaboration between the Netherlands and Vietnam. This collaboration has a long and significant history with a lot of potential for the future. In Vietnam the growing area for the cultivation of cut flowers, ornamental plants, and ornamental flowers is 45,000 hectare with Lam Dong as key production area.
During the conference, we marked an important milestone in our diplomatic relationship. In honor of 50 years of diplomatic relations, the “Sutudo” Lily Bulb from Onings Holland Flowerbulbs (Paul Onings) was bapted by Ingrid Korving, Agricultural Counsellor The Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vietnam and Vo Thi Ngoc Diep, Trade Counsellor Viet Nam Embassy in the Hague.
Additionally, the collaboration and its potential were emphasized during the speeches. Presentations by Lam Dong Province, Dong Thap Province, and Son La Province, highlighted investment and trade opportunities in these Vietnamese provinces. In the meantime, there was time to network for the Dutch companies and Vietnamese delegation. The program concluded with an interactive tour at the World Horti Center.
A special thanks for the valuable contributions and speeches from: Victor Dobbe and Ivo Meijer of Gemeente Westland, Ingrid Korving of The Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vietnam, Vo Thi Ngoc Diep of Viet Nam Embassy in the Hague, Puck van Holsteijn of World Horti Center, Marga Vintges of Greenport West-Holland, Christina van der Laar and Max Biermans of Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) | Partner in Sustainable Development, Kuno Jacobs of HortEx Vietnam, Mirjam Boekestijn and Henk van Eijk. And of course the companies!