11 Oct 2017

Mission to Potato Europe 2017

NAFTC-India with the support of NAFTC-NL, Embassy of the Netherlands in India & the potato cluster members prepared a mission to Potato Europe 2017 in the Netherlands. The delegation of 62 entrepreneurs & farmers from India visited Potato Europe 2017 in the Netherlands from 11th September to 18th September.

The objective of the mission was to showcase the technology available in the Netherlands in the field of potatoes which includes the complete potato value chain. Also, the group had an opportunity to interact with the companies during & after the event for technology & knowledge transfer. The delegation not only visited the exhibition but also visited some companies in the Netherlands to understand their technology in a better way and to have the first-hand experience of those technologies.

The mission started on 10th September from New Delhi & landed in Frankfurt on 11th September. There were regular industry & exhibition visits from 12th to 16th September. Sunday, 17th September was a free day for the group & the delegation returned back to India on 18th September. After visiting the exhibition on 14th September 25 members of the group left for India on 15th. Following is the brief of visits:

S No.


Visit Detail



Mooij Agro, Horst & 2 Mooij storage facilities in Lingen, Germany



GrimmeLandmaschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG, Damme, Germany



Tolsma-Grisnich, Emmeloord & 1 storage facility in Emmeloord



HZPC Holland B.V. Joure



Bijlsma Hercules, Franeker



Full day at Potato Europe in Emmeloord



Omnivent Techniek BV, Zeewolde& 1 storage facility



Kiremko BV, Montfoort



Geerlofs Refrigeration, Rijswijk



Bayer Forward Farm in Abbenes


The group included the people from Indian cold chain industry, potato seed growers & some members were searching for the potato processing technologies. The group was fortunate enough to meet all the related companies during the exhibition & the factory visits. Following are a few photographs of the visits:

04 Oct 2017

Greenhouse cultivation in India, the HortiTechIndia way forward

Participation AgriTech Bangalore
Last week (28-30 August 2017), a delegation of the HortiTechIndia consortium participated in one of India’s largest agricultural exhibitions (AgriTech) in Bangalore. In a joint Holland Pavillion, the companies explained to the Indian audience the concept of having an integrated value chain approach towards the production of vegetables in green houses. Besides, the companies spoke to the visitors to better understand the current practices and challenges present, gaining valuable insights in how we as a consortium can support and upgrade the sector in the following years of the project.

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.

Round table session
To further introduce the consortium to the Indian audience, as well as to get further acquainted with the challenges the Indian sector faces, HortiTechIndia organized a round table session on August 29, in the Sheraton Grande hotel in Bangalore. The audience consisted of a broad mix of policymakers, producers, potential investors, scientists and retail players. HortiTechIndia is supported by the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the round table was opened by Mr. Renee Beerepoot, Chief representative of the Netherlands Business Support Office in Bangalore.

The session was opened with an introduction to the consortium, our vision of developing viable business models for India, ending with a short introduction to the concept of optimizing plant balances for optimal growth. Moreover, we took the chance to discuss with this unique audience on their needs for India. Topics that were discussed were amongst others ways to match retail demand with production, off-season production in greenhouses and financing opportunities. The evening ended with a networking dinner, in which the first steps for cooperation were discussed amongst the consortium and visitors.

Next steps
HortiTechIndia is looking to develop viable business models for the Indian sector, develop training to transfer the needed knowledge as to cooperate with Indian partners in demonstrating and realizing the above. Please stay in updated on further developments via our website or by sending an email to Linda Romijn.

24 Aug 2017

Agritech info

Round Table session on Solutions from the Netherlands for the cultivation of vegetables in greenhouses in India, organised by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and HortiTechIndia.

India currently finds itself at a crossroad where reforms and new technologies are required to achieve greater efficiency and productivity to feed the growing population. The Netherlands is a global leader in greenhouse cultivation and protected cropping, mastering productivity horticulture. 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.

In this roundtable session we would like to discuss with you on the opportunities and needs of the Indian horticulture sector. Our aim is address, discuss and give solutions related to realizing successful closed cultivation in India, by providing knowledge and technology from the Netherlands to improve yield, product quality and safety. There will be specialists in the climate control in greenhouses, improved seeds, biological crop protection and growing from growbags, who are happy to learn from you as well as introduce themselves.

28 Jun 2017


India has the largest amount of land under fruit cultivation in the world after China. India, with its wide variability of climate and soil, produces a large range of horticultural crops such as fruits, vegetables, potato, tropical tuber crops, ornamental crops, medicinal and aromatic plants, spices, and plantation crops like coconut, cashewnut, cocoa, etc.
The Indian Government has identified horticultural crops as a means of diversification for making agriculture more profitable through efficient land use, optimum utilization of natural resources (soil, water and environment) and creating skilled employment for rural masses, especially women folk. The perishable nature of horticultural produce, the lack of post-harvest facilities like cold storages and pack houses, the shortage of processing facilities and the use of unscientific packaging all generated avoidable waste.

Over the years, horticulture emerged as an important and growing sub sector of agriculture, offering a wide range of choices to the farmers for crop diversification. It also provides ample opportunities for sustaining large number of agro industries which generates substantial employment opportunities. With agriculture and allied sectors finding alternate ways of increasing productivity of crops, horticulture as a major sub-sector, is a revelation, showing remarkable signs of progress in the state.

Efforts are on to encourage private investment in hi-tech horticulture with micro-propagation, protected cultivation, drip irrigation, and integrated nutrient and pest management besides making use of latest post-harvest technology particularly in the case of perishable commodities.

As a result, horticulture crop production has begun to move from rural confines to commercial ventures and has attracted young entrepreneurs, since it has proved to be intellectually satisfying and economically rewarding. It is only recently that a reasonably reliable data base for horticultural products has begun to take shape.

India produces all deciduous fruits including pome fruits (apple and pear) and stone fruits (peach, plum, apricot and cherry) in considerable quantity. These are mainly grown in the North-Western Indian States of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) and in Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) hills. The North-Eastern Hills region, comprising of the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Sikkim also grows some of the deciduous fruits on a limited scale. Due to introduction and adaptation of low chilling cultivars of crops like peach, plum and pear, they are also now being grown commercially in certain areas of the north Indian plains. Out of all the deciduous fruits, apple is the most important in terms of production and extent.

India grows crops like apple (Maluspumila Mill.), pear (PyruscommunisBerm.f.), peach/nectarine (Prunuspersica (L). Bats. Ch.), plum (Prunusdomestica L.), apricot (Prunusarmeniaca L.), sweet cherry (Prunusavium L.) and sour cherry (Prunuscerasus L.) on a commercial scale.

The varied climatic and soil conditions in India provide enormous scope of cultivation of wide range of tropical, sub-tropical and temperate horticulture crops. The production of tropical and sub tropical horticulture crop is confined to the plains, coastal and root hills of Indian mountain whereas the temperate horticulture is monopoly of the hilly regions of the country.

09 May 2017


The visit aims to strengthen political and economic bilateral ties between the Netherlands and India.The key ingredient is the Indo-Dutch cooperation in putting innovation andtechnology to use to improve waste and water management: Swachh Bharat Abhiyanand the contribution that the Netherlands can make to the programme, will be included in the discussions. The Minister will visit Kerala, Karnataka (Bangalore) and will conclude his visit on 9 May in New Delhi.

The highlights of the visit include meetingswith the External Affairs Minister – Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Finance of Kerala- Dr. Thomas Isaac and the Minister for Large and Medium Industries of Karnataka- Mr. R.V. Deshpande.

Minister Koenders will start in Kerala, where Indo-Dutch relations started 400 years ago.He will be visiting the Dutch heritage sites and the Muziris heritage/Spice Route projectin Kerala on 7th Mayand discuss cooperation on the Alleppey Canal-system with Minister of Finance Dr. Isaac.

In Bangalore on 8th May, he will officially announce the upcoming opening of the new Netherlands Business SupportOffice, as a milestone step in increasing The Netherlands’ economic footprint in the South of India. Dutch businesses have increasingly set their sights on Bangalore. Aside from the major companies, innovative Dutch startups are also finding their feet in India’s Silicon Valley, an example of which will be visited by the Minister, i.e.‘Sweepsmart’ https://www.sweepsmart.org/, a company that aims to help rid India’s streets of garbagein a clean, efficient and financially sustainable manner. The Minister will also announce a subsidy of € 100.000 for the company.

In Delhi on 9th May, Mr. Koenders will meetwith his counterpart H.E. Ms. Sushma Swaraj. Among other things, they will discuss the positive cooperation on political and security matters including cyberspace, India’s accession to the weapon export control regimes and cooperation in the UN framework.They will also discuss the Dutch expertise on waste management and clean living environments.

Putting his words into practice, MinisterKoenderswill also unveil the foundation stone andgraffiti art project at the Barapullah drain, showcasing an Indo-Dutch pilot project on waste-water treatment. For this project, a consortium of Indian and Dutch scientists have teamed up to set up a water lab that will help develop innovative technologies to clean waste water in Delhi’s Barapullah drain for reuse in areas such as agriculture, industry and households. At the Barapullah drain, the Minister willalso present a unique DaanRoosegarde (https://www.studioroosegaarde.net/projects/#smog-free-project) jewelry gift, obtained from compressing the filtered smog particles from the smog towers to the Honorable Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences of India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

Minister Koenders will also address a gathering ofbusiness professionals, students and diplomats, hosted bythe Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi on the theme “The Netherlands, your gateway to Europe”, where he will also touch upon the Indo-Dutch cooperation onglobal governance, in the UN and the innovation and technology sphere. He will conclude his visit by meeting with the winner of the Dutch Smart Cities Startup contest.

The Netherlands is currently collaborating with India on key sectors such as Agriculture, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Port and Logistics, Water and Maritime.The Netherlands consistently ranks among India’s top 10 trade partners, and is one of the top five investors in the country.It is the 3rdlargest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for India, accounting for 6 percent of total inflows into India in the last 15 years. In recent years the value of mutual trade has risen to more than six billion euros. The Netherlands is now already India’s gateway to Europe, with 20% of India’s exports to Europe entering Europe through the Netherlands and vice versa, a position that is expected to grow as a result of political and economic developments in both India and Europe. India is The Netherlands’ 5th largest source of FDI.

Minister Koenders’ visit will be followed up with a Trade Mission from the Netherlands from 19-23 June 2017 headed by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade, Mr. Marten van der Berg.

07 Apr 2017

Dutch knowledge for Indian dairy farmers

Researchers from Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and GEA Milking & Dairy Farming visit India between April 2 and April 9 to collaborate with Indian family-dairy farmers, entrepreneurs and researchers to develop innovative concepts for the Indian dairy sector. In the project, ten Dutch companies and eight Indian farmers collaborate with Van Hall Larenstein and Saxion Universities of Applied Sciences and the Agricultural College of Agricultural Development Trust, Baramati, India. The goal of the project is to adapt Dutch technology and knowledge to the circumstances of Indian family farmers. During the trip the project members will have a full program with Indian stakeholders and experts.

Background of the project
Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences is working since 2011 with the college and the information Centre KVK of Agricultural Development Trust Baramati in Pune district. With this project KVK will help family farmers to scale up from 10-40 cows to 80-100 cows, with a higher production and quality. Van Hall Larenstein and Saxion Universities of Applied Sciences and several Dutch companies want, to develop in this innovative project: integrated solutions for the expanding dairy farms in the state of Maharashtra, Pune district in India.

In the same time, the project will create new opportunities for exporting knowledge and technology for the participating Dutch companies. Both Dutch and Indian students and researchers of the participating universities are involved in the project. The project is funded by the Dutch organization for Applied research, SIA-RAAK.