Over €46 Million Allocated for Dutch Greenhouse Technology in Africa and Southeast Asia

April 02, 2024

Invest International has allocated over €46 million in financing to facilitate the adoption of Dutch greenhouse technology in Vietnam, Ghana, and Tunisia. The Dutch companies spearheading these projects have developed impactful initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable local food security and employment opportunities. From establishing greenhouses in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta to cultivating a tomato industry in Tunisia, these endeavors are projected to create 3,500 jobs. Dutch greenhouse technology holds significant potential for enhancing food security and employment in emerging markets, and Invest International’s financing serves to advance this cause, underscoring the Netherlands’ leadership in horticulture and greenhouse construction.

Greenhouses in the Mekong Delta

In Vietnam a large amount of fresh produce, including the majority of residue-free fruits and vegetables, is currently imported due to the warm climate exacerbating pest issues in open farming. Until now, greenhouses have been unavailable due to climatic constraints and the excessive energy consumption associated with conventional greenhouse technologies.

Orlar, with development capital support from Invest International, is addressing this challenge by introducing the first high-quality technological greenhouse in the warm Mekong Delta, equipped with Dutch technology. This pilot project, leveraging proven technology from Vietnam’s highlands, is expected to catalyze the development of a sustainable food system in the region through the cultivation of fruits and vegetables using specially selected seeds.

Food Technology in Africa

Iribov, a service company offering laboratory techniques to plant breeders and production firms, has expanded its operations in Ghana by nearly 10,000 m2 with financing from Invest International. The company conducts plant and tissue growth in laboratories and greenhouses for exporting fruit and ornamental plants, while also supplying robust crops to the local market. This expansion is projected to create 175 jobs and facilitate knowledge transfer to local employees.

Agro Care, based in the Dutch town of Maasdijk, has built three new greenhouses in Tunisia for cultivating “snack tomatoes,” with construction on two additional greenhouses set to commence in early 2024. In the relatively impoverished region of Sidi Bouzid, a novel industry is emerging across a 200,000 m2 area, employing Dutch technology. This extensive project, encompassing approximately 12 greenhouses, leverages natural conditions supplemented by water recycling and energy-efficient techniques to support intensive tomato cultivation. It is anticipated to generate 3,500 local jobs, crucial for the employment prospects of Tunisia’s young workforce.

Agro Care, based in the Dutch town of Maasdijk, has built three new greenhouses in Tunisia for cultivating “snack tomatoes,” with construction on two additional greenhouses set to commence in early 2024.

Photo: © Agro Care.

The Netherlands' Competitive Position

These loans contribute to fortifying the Netherlands’ competitive edge and its expertise in greenhouse construction and technology. Raymond Beimers, sector lead for AgriFood at Invest International, emphasizes the importance of Dutch SMEs leveraging international trade to bolster their competitiveness. He highlights the Netherlands’ global leadership in horticulture and greenhouse construction, underscoring the pivotal role the country can play in strengthening local food systems and enhancing food security worldwide through its technology and expertise.

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