- Region: India
- Focus: Horticulture
- Duration: 2017 – 2020
- Public-private partnership, involving 12 project partners
The Netherlands is a global leader in greenhouse cultivation and protected cropping. The consortium “HortiTechIndia” consists of highly innovative Dutch companies and knowledge institutes operating in the horticulture sector. Together, we have the aim to collaborate with Indian partners to upgrade the quality of the Indian horticulture sector and thereby enhance productivity and profitability. This partnership will do so along the entire horticulture chain, from seeds to the end consumer, giving special attention to mid-tech solutions.
More with less; better inputs:
The Dutch horticultural sector makes a big contribution to produce more with less through robust starting materials and research into resistant plant varieties and sustainable cultivation methods. One of a grower’s most critical management decisions is the selection of inputs. The cost of seeds usually is less than 5% of total production costs. Yet seeds can affect the yield potential of a crop more than any other input factor.
Besides technology, knowledge and management skills are key to successful operation and implementation of greenhouse technology. As the leading exporter of food products, the Netherlands has a number of educational institutes that offer education and training modules in the field of horticulture and supply chain management.
Vision and mission:
By combining better inputs, technology and knowledge transfer, our vision is to increase the yield of vegetable crops per square meter and growers income as a consequence; improve product quality and safety in order to increase the domestic sales and export of Indian vegetables; and transfer (mid-tech) technology and knowledge to increase competitiveness.
The mission of HortiTechIndia is to position the Netherlands as the leading country in the field of horticulture in India, as such to upgrade the current horticulture sector to a higher level and to gain market access.
The consortium initiated and coordinated by Larive contains the following sector experts jointly improving yield, product quality and safety of Indian fruit & vegetables:
Rijk Zwaan, Koppert Biological systems, Ludvig Svensson, Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Dutch Plantin, VEK adviesgroep, Twins Yeald, Lentiz Onderwijsgroep, Van Hall Larenstein University of applied sciences and Larive International.