Following the visit of the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Pham Minh Chinh and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam Le Minh Hoan on December 13, 2022 to the World Horti Center in the Netherlands; on December 19, 2022, the representative of the Netherlands Vietnam Horticulture Business Platform (NVHBP) visited and worked with Dong Thap Center for Hi-tech Agricultural Application.
Dong Thap Provincial High-tech Agricultural Application Center was established on March 5, 2014, with its head office located in Tan Khanh Dong commune, Sa Dec city, with an area of over 18ha.
Every year, depending on the orders and consumption of the ornamental flower market, the Center grows and supplies products from models, research and survey of new varieties with the number of 15,000 – 30,000 plants/year;
The center has been applying high technology to production at the unit such as: Using greenhouses, net houses, sprinkler and drip irrigation systems in the process of producing and propagating ornamental flowers to help reduce production costs, reduce labor, increase the number of trees produced.
NVHBP with it’s below members:
1- K.P Holland Maasland B.V.
As a company specializing in the breeding and producing Kalanchoe, Spathiphyllum, Curcuma… It is expected to transfer technology to propagate and grow Curcuma plants, which can be used for indoor decoration (beautiful pots or cut flowers) and outdoors (fields, border and bedding plants), or used in cooking, durable, popular in Thailand, Malaysia… but has never been produced on a large scale in Vietnam.
2- P.F. Onings B.V.
As a company that exports tubers of lily, tulip, and hyacinth … from 65 years, has a lot of experience in Vietnam. Onings will deliver new varieties of Lily to Dong Thap, serving the Tet holiday, with high economic value, in the form of pots or cuttings.
3- Thien Dieu Trading and Production Joint Stock Company
Specializing in importing, planting and supplying flower bulbs and seeds of Dutch origin. As well as providing potted flowers, carpet flowers for real estate projects, high-class amusement parks. Thien Dieu will supply and transfer varieties of super flower pots, F1 with Dutch royalty, with many new colors, to meet the increasing demand of Sa Dec..
4- Eurofins Argo
Eurofin provides soil, water and plant nutrition testing services.
The parties agreed to collaborate on research on propagation and planting of Thai Turmeric (Siam Curcuma), Super Flower (Gerbera) and Ly (Lilium) of Dutch origin in Tan Khanh Dong in 2023.
On Monday 12 December 2022, the Netherlands Vietnam Horti Business Platform (NVHBP) and Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA) signed a cooperation agreement on knowledge exchange and technology transfer, for the period 2022-2027.
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Lan, Director of VNUA and Mr. Henk van Eijk, Chairman of NVHBP exchanged the cooperation agreement during the Netherlands Vietnam Business Forum in the presence of including Vietnam’s Prime Minister H.E.. Mr. Pham Minh Chinh, the Vietnamese minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Le Minh Hoan and the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation H.E. Ms. Liesje Schreinemacher.
Starting the Cooperation since 2019, both parties will continue to collaborate closely on knowledge exchange, research and the transfer & application of technologies focusing in the field of horticulture and smart agriculture, on the benefits of VNUA’s students and NVHBP’s members in particular, as well as for the development of the Vietnamese horticulture sector in general.
Monday morning December 12, the Prime Minister of Vietnam, His Excellency Mr. Pham Minh Chinh, visited World Horti Center in Naaldwijk. In addition to the prime minister, among others, the Vietnamese ministers of Agriculture & Rural Development and Natural Resources & Environment were present. The most important pillars of this visit were business relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands, the development of a sustainable horticultural value chain and how education can contribute to climate-smart technologies.
Main focus on collaboration
The mayor of Westland, Bouke Arends, warmly welcomed the delegation to the municipality. In his speech he focused on the role of the Westland region as an agricultural and logistics hub and the relationship with Vietnam. Bouke Arends: ‘The ties and trade between our two countries in this area has been strong for many years with a Strategic Partnership Arrangement as a result.’ Mr. Frederik Vossenaar, Special Envoy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, emphasized in his speech: ‘The Netherlands is happy to be part of your success. And, in the interest of both our countries, we are looking forward to further work together. Building on our 50 years of diplomatic relations, a milestone we reach next year, in 2023.’ During his speech, the Prime Minister of Vietnam said that he sees the Netherlands as a top exporter of agricultural products and hoped to learn from the sector during his visit.
Exchange of knowledge and innovations
Employees from the companies RijkZwaan, NedSpice, Koppert and The Fruit Republic were present to give a pitch about their company. The focus was on the important cooperation with Vietnam. Furthermore, The Netherlands Vietnam Horti Business Platform explained how they are trying to take the Vietnamese horticultural sector to the next level by joining forces. The tour through World Horti Center was concluded with a visit to the research facility of Vertify. Here teachers from Lentiz Education Group explained how education and climate-smart solutions can be coordinated in Vietnam. A peek inside the All Climate Greenhouse was an important part of this last stop.
Puck van Holsteijn, director of World Horti Center, looks back proudly on thi visit: ‘I had the honor of giving the Prime Minister and his ministers a tour through our building. During this tour, several pitches were given by companies active in the food and flower industry, with a focus on cooperation between our countries. This has shown that it is important to continue to share our knowledge and innovations and to help each other in this way. We are proud that we have yet again provided another delegation with new knowledge about our sector.”
Sequel at HortEx Vietnam
From 1st of March till the 3rd of March 2023, the HortEx Vietnam will take place in Ho Chi Minh City. As a “Partner Country”, the Netherlands has a prominent role in supporting the fair and, in addition to a Dutch pavilion at the fair, the Dutch embassy will organize a number of activities such as a seminar programme, a network reception and field trips. For more information about HortEx Vietnam see hortex-vietnam.com.
Photographer: Rolf van Koppen
On Saturday 10 December, the Netherlands Vietnam Horti Business Platform (NVHBP) and its member Onings Holland Flowerbulbs were honored by the visit of Mr. Le Minh Hoan – the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in the presence of members of MARD, Mr. Tran Van Cong – Vietnam’s agricultural counselor in the EU and Ms. Ingrid Korving – the Netherlands Agricultural Counselor in Vietnam. During the visit, a presentation about the cooperative NVHBP which is a unique bundling of forces aiming to bring the Vietnamese sector to the next level, was given by Ms. Mirjam Boekestijn – Secretary and Coordinator the Netherlands of NVHBP. Thereafter, Mr. Paul Onings – co-owner of Onings Holland Flowerbulbs, give a presentation about the flowerbulb sector, the company and their activities in Vietnam. The flowerbulb business is very important for the Vietnamese economy; Vietnam is one of the largest markets to import lily bulbs and is the second country in the world in terms of number of lilies per capita. Thereafter, the delegation did a tour at Onings Holland Flowerbulbs to see the logistics and packing of the bulbs.
The Asia-Pacific Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture (APFITA) was formed on Jaunary 24,1998 in Wakayama City, Japan. APFITA is an autonomous, non-political, non-governmental and non-profit forum from promoting the agricultural information technology.
On 24-26 November 2022, at the University of Engineering and Technology, Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU-UET), The Netherlands Vietnam Horticulture Business Platform (NVHBP) has attended The 13th Asian-Pacific Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture 2022 (APFITA 2022).
The APFITA 2022 with the theme “Application of smart technology for achieving sustainable agriculture” aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, agencies, and industry partners through scientific presentations and business matching.
Besides that, the conference organizes the session on discussion and recommendations on science and technology policies in sustainable agricultural development. The conference is also the platform to exhibit new advances and research results in the fields of agricultural technology.
In 2022, INFITA (the International Network for IT in Agriculture, Food and the Environment) board decided to organize the World Congress on Computer in Agriculture (WCCA) in conjunction with APFITA 2022 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
On November 23, 2022, at Muong Thanh Hotel, Can Tho City, the Mekong Connect 2022 Forum started with the Opening Ceremony of the Green Startup Market. The event was attended by leaders of departments of ABCD provinces (An Giang – Ben Tre – Can Tho – Dong Thap), Ho Chi Minh City and some provinces in the Mekong Delta region and hundreds of agricultural enterprises.
The new feature of Mekong Connect 2022 is the organization of the program “Startup Day and Green Startup Fair” with the content “Market Connection – Trade Promotion” for start-ups and excellent OCOP subjects. .
The Center for Business Business Studies & Assistance (BSA) and the Netherlands-Vietnam Horticulture Business Platform (NVHBP) successfully organized a matching session to connect Vietnamese processed agricultural products with potential buyers in Holland.
In order to equip businesses with skills, information on product quality standards, market potential and steps to work with international distributors effectively. Simultaneously directing businesses to the trend of thinking about product development, combined with sustainable development-oriented packaging; Ho Chi Minh City Investment and Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) – http://itpc.hochiminhcity.gov.vn/ in collaboration with Business Study and Assistance (BSA) https://bsaonline .vn/ organized the Workshop “Promoting the commercialization of agricultural products and food in the post-pandemic context and the global economic downturn”. This is an activity in the FOODEX 2022 series of events (https://hcmcfoodex.com/)
The seminar was chaired by Mr. Tran Phu Lu, Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City Investment and Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) – and Ms. Vu Kim Hanh – Director Business Study and Assistance (BSA).
The seminar attracted hundreds of participants from food businesses and associations in the city.
After 3 presentations:
1/ How to effectively work with international distributors?
Speaker: Ms. Mai Hong- Vietnam Coordinator of the Netherlands Vietnam Horticulture Business Platform – NVHBP (www.nvhortiplatform.com)
2/ Thinking of product development combined with sustainable development-oriented packaging.
Speaker: Ms. Xuan Yen, President of Design CT of TraQue Studio, researcher on sustainable development. (https://traquestudio.com/)
3/ Experience working with farmers and international distributors to successfully export Vietnamese agricultural products.
Speaker: Mr. Nguyen Dinh Tung, chairman and CEO of Vina T&T fruit export company. (https://vinatt.com/)
The audience and speakers had a detailed Q&A on related issues, opening directions for businesses to improve operations, expand production and output for their products.
Mr. Paul Onings, co-owner of Onings Holland Flowerbulbs, will visit Dalat from 25 – 28 October and Hanoi from 29 October to 2 November. Onings Holland Flowerbulbs is a renowned importer and exporter of all types of flower bulbs and tubers, such as lilies, tulips, irises, gladioli, allium and hyacinths for both growers as well as dry sale purposes. Are you a grower of these flower bulbs and tubers and interested to hear more about their products and would like to meet Paul in Vietnam. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
On Saturday, 8th October 2022, Happy Vegi (http://happyvegi.com/) has visited Dang Xa Safe Vegetable Cooperative to give the training to farmers on how to digitally record their cultivation.
This will help the farmers to show clearer production process to customers, so their vegetable can sell at higher prices.
On the same day, our members Weather Plus (https://weatherplus.vn/), Gakon-Netafim Vietnam (https://netafim.vn/default.aspx), Pho Hien Machinery (https://www.phohienmachinery.com/) and Thien Dieu (http://www.hoathiendieu.com/) together with Happy Vegi had conducted a fruitful meeting in Hanoi.
Parties agreed to explore common potential business opportunities in the coming months.