Dutch expertise to boost Chinese dairy sector

Dutch businesses will supply knowledge to innovate and boost Chinese milk production. During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit, both countries will sign an agreement on investments in product quality, safety and sustainability. Wageningen University is also working closely together with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in this field, including cooperation in the areas of food quality and food security. The agreements are estimated to amount to a total of at least €20 million.

'The Netherlands ranks as one of the global leaders in the export of agricultural knowledge, and this cooperation only underlines this,” Minister for Agriculture Dijksma said. “Dutch businesses will use their knowledge and expertise to supply 1.3 billion people with good quality milk products. That is something we can be very proud of.'

Agricultural technology

On Sunday 23 March 2014, the Minister received the Chinese President and his wife together with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the world famous Keukenhof flower garden. At China’s request, presentations were held on high quality agricultural technology, such as LED lighting to make tomatoes grow faster, and about new developments in the field of automated milking.

China aims to increase milk production to 40 billion kilos in the coming years with the aid of Dutch expertise. It has asked the Dutch government for knowledge investments as our country is a world player in milk production, processing and logistics. Over the coming years Dutch production will grow to 13 billion kilos, with a large part intended for export.

Interest in the Dutch agricultural sector

There is considerable foreign interest in the Dutch agricultural sector. Japanese Prime Minister Abe will visit pepper grower Valstar in the Westland region near The Hague on 25 March, immediately after the Nuclear Security Summit. During this visit, the Prime Minister wants to learn about new technology in glasshouse horticulture. Over the coming days there will also be meetings with representatives from Vietnam and Kazakhstan about new developments in agriculture.