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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Market access for Dutch apples and pears depends on reciprocity

Jack Vera succeeded Niek Schelling in August 2016 as agricultural council for South Africa and Angola at the Dutch embassy in Pretoria. Just a year before he moved to South Africa, he was part of the management team of the direction Agricultural and natural science at the ministry of Economics. “South Africa is a very interesting country. For years, there has been a close bond between the Netherlands and South Africa. As agricultural council, I facilitate agricultural businesses that see potential in this country. Another main task is the improvement of the market access for Dutch products. There was a large agricultural conference in the first week of my stay. I have met many important stakeholders.” “South Africa is quite self-sufficient as well being an exporter of many cultivation related products. The university agricultural education is of a high level. On the opposite side, there are many so-called "new growers", who are supported by the government in starting up cultivation companies. Due to rural reforms, a lot of fertile soil is being freed up. The main challenge is to support the newcomers with knowledge. Practical education is on a lower level. This could be greatly improved by the country. I am convinced that our green education in the Netherlands could help and give advice.”

Source: freshplaza.com