The Netherlands is one of the world’s leading countries in agriculture, horticulture, food processing and agro/food technology. Agricultural trade is one of the pillars of the Dutch economy. Our leading position needs a strong public/private network to maintain our 2nd position worldwide in agriculture exports. “Agro and Food” has been designated one of nine top priority sectors by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
China, India, Turkey and Vietnam are some of the most important agriculture production and food processing countries in the world. To tap the opportunities in these markets the former Ministry of Agriculture and GMV (the Dutch sector association for manufacturers of equipment for food processing, packaging and bio based systems) set up a public/private Netherlands Agro & Food Technology Centre in China in 2008. The China office has been copied in India (2011), Vietnam (2014) and Turkey (2016). The NAFTC offices fulfil the need for support of Dutch agro/food chain companies who are interested or active in the Chinese, Indian, Turkish or Vietnamese/SE Asian market, and the need for a local representative office of the Dutch agro-food & technology-related industry.
The local NAFTC offices operate under the brand name Netherlands Agro, Food & Technology Centre (NAFTC) and are governed by their respective NAFTC country foundations in the Netherlands. Besides the China, India, Vietnam and Turkey offices, similar offices will be launched in cooperation with Dutch companies in the near future, in countries/regions like South Africa, East- and West Africa and Indonesia.
The offices cover several sectors of the agro & food supply chain, offering an integrated approach for doing and developing business in China, India and Vietnam. Within the NAFTC, on demand of the members several sector centres are or will be established to facilitate specific clusters of companies and organize activities in the specific countries. There will be a special focus on the following sectors:
- Horticulture chain (Dutch Horticulture Centre)
- Pork chain (Orange Pig)
- Poultry chain (Orange Poultry)
- Dairy chain (Orange Dairy)
- Animal Feed chain
- Potato chain (Orange Potato/Dutch Potato Centre)
- Fresh produce chain (Dutch Vegetables and Fruits Centre)
- Food processing and Food technology
- Cold chain & Agrologistics
- Others (bio based, bakery, etc.)
The NAFTC offices are a private initiative, driven to facilitate Dutch agribusiness in the agro & food supply chain in getting market access, doing business, generating leads and business development in the countries of establishment. In the name of associated companies, the office applies for support at RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency) or other authorities in the Netherlands, to financially co-cover costs of activities organized for these companies.
The strength of the local NAFTC offices is based on a joint commitment and Holland branding, as well as on offering an integrated chain approach in close co-operation with other Dutch initiatives and the Agriculture Department of the Embassy.
Interested Dutch companies and knowledge institutes can become ‘member’ of the Centre, and use the offices’ services. The offices support and promote businesses both individually and collectively. Membership is open to all Dutch or Netherlands-based/affiliated companies in the total food and agro-supply chain.