The organic sector is growing in the Netherlands and forecasts assume that this trend will increase. The Netherlands has offered a broad spectrum of organically produced products for many years and this is reflected at BIOFACH. This year with 85 exhibitors The Netherlands was one of the top 5 countries showcasing its organic offer at the World’s leading Trade Fair for Organic Food. The Dutch government is very interested in actively supporting sustainable agricultural production, which is why Agriculture Minister Sharon Dijksma visited this year’s BIOFACH to gather information on the latest international developments in the organic sector.
During her visit to the exhibition she signed the contract for the Netherlands as Country of the Year at BIOFACH 2015, to take place at the Nuremberg fairgrounds from 11-14 February 2015.
“I am pleased that being Country of the Year in 2015 gives us an excellent opportunity for presenting the quality, variety and sustainability of Dutch organic agriculture to a professional international audience,” says Minister Dijksma.
Petra Wolf, Member of the Management Board of NürnbergMesse, is also looking forward to this: “The Dutch stakeholders are important long-standing business partners for us. The presence of the Netherlands as Country of the Year at BIOFACH 2015 will enhance the event.”
The Dutch organic sector showed very positive development over the past years. There are currently some 1,500 organic companies, offering organic products on about 54,000 ha of agricultural land (63% pasture). The average farm size is
42 ha. Dutch organic farms are about 60% larger than conventional farms.
Approx. 100,000 employees work in the Dutch organic sector. The growing regions for organic agriculture are located mainly in the provinces of Flevoland, Gelderland and Drenthe.
The Netherlands achieves total annual sales of some €2 billion of organic products. Exports are estimated to account for some €900 million of this figure. About half of these go to Germany, followed by Belgium, France, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia.
For Member States of the European Union, Rotterdam is the most important port for organic products from faraway countries. The Netherlands owes its position as export country for organic goods mainly to its excellent product quality, good value for money and planning and logistic reliability.