Spreading knowledge, boosting innovation and stimulating business opportunities in open field production;
those are the three cornerstones of the Agrofoodcluster. We are founded and financed by different Dutch organizations from all parts of the open field production. Our partners represent a turnover of almost 2 billion euro
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‘We would like to see a strong connection between business, research, experimentation, innovation and knowledge. Not only with the agricultural entrepreneurs, but also with those around them, such as the machine manufacturers and the potato trading houses. Together with the AgroFoodCluster we will succeed in this. In addition, it is of vital importance to us as a training institute, offering intermediate (MBO) and higher vocational education (HBO) in arable farming, to have a strong connection with the business community. After all, that is what our training is for.’
‘The Agrofood Cluster is significant because by joining forces we can continue to stress the importance of the agricultural sector as a whole and build upon it. It is quite unique that the educational system, the business community and also the government continue to cooperate with each other and gain mutual benefit from this. This is necessary, because the sector is under pressure. The number of people in the Noordoostpolder who are directly or indirectly involved in the sector is dropping, while the economic importance is still immense. We have to keep bringing this to the attention of other branches of the business community, politicians and the wider public.’
‘Seeing and hearing is also buying. The agro-food sector therefore needs to take every opportunity to present our knowledge and expertise. Someone in China who wants to know something about potatoes should automatically think: ‘Then I have to go to Emmeloord.’ The Agrofood Cluster can help with this by pooling knowledge and experience and making it widely known.’
Het AgrofoodCluster is a platform to put The Netherlands in the spotlight with our potatoes and onions. We have everything: education, certification, knowlegde and trade. With Agrico we believe in co-operation, and the Agrofoodcluster is an ideal platform to use the power of co-operation in the open field production.
About 90 percent of the agro-food sector centres around exporting. Our level of knowledge in the Noordoostpolder is high in this field, but if you want to stay ahead then you have to keep working on your development. After all, the countries around us are developing as well. Once you are one step behind, it's difficult to catch up again. The Agrofood Cluster ensures that parties within the branch work together. In this way, you can keep the level of knowledge high. In addition, you go out there and act jointly as a sector. You show what you can do and that contributes to a positive image of the food sector. Food is an essential requirement and it is logical that consumers are critical. The producer must therefore show how his product has come about and the Agrofood Cluster offers the scope for this.
Wij zijn hier in de polder nog veel te bescheiden. Wereldwijd zijn we voor de agrofoodsector een kenniscentrum voor teelt en techniek. Delegaties vanuit de andere kant van de wereld komen naar Emmeloord om hun kennis op te halen. Dat mogen we wel wat meer laten zien. Het Agrofood Cluster is een prachtige etalage daarvoor. Bovendien moeten we elkaar in deze branche meer prikkelen om innovatie te stimuleren. Dat doe je door kennis te delen en verspreiden. Als iedereen over zijn eigen schaduw heen stapt, zetten we de polder nog meer op de kaart als agrofood kenniscentrum. En ik ben ontzettend blij dat het onderwijs hierin meedoet. Op die manier kunnen we namelijk onze toekomstige experts beter laten aansluiten op het bedrijfsleven.