Announcements

Job offersmore »




Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




Dutch Greenhouse grower prefers the unemployed over labour migrants

A Dutch horticultural company preferring the locally unemployed over Polish labourers not a common occurrence these days. And yet, nursery Mikhira, seasoned grower of peppers and cucumbers, is doing exactly that. "I personally find it antisocial to be working with cheap workers from Poland while in the Netherlands so many people are finding it hard to earn a decent living, says Albert Struikenkamp, who advocates the deployment of the jobless at the Leerwerk Academie. I think we can motivate a lot of local people to work in the sector on a professional level. In the end, that kind of labour might even be cheaper.



Mikhira is a Social Firm: a company that combines commercial purpose with a social purpose. Mikhira grows organically and tries to employ young people with few chances on the job market. "In horticulture we currently employ about 40,000 Polish labourers. In the Netherlands, about as many are unemployed. I think we would do well to help at least 1000 young people in getting a job.

Local government is supporting programs to stimulate the unemployed. 



More information:
Kwekerij Mikhira
www.mikhira.nl
Leer-Werk Academie
www.leerwerkacademie.nl

Voor verkoopinformatie:
Valstar Holland
www.valstar.nl


Publication date: 8/22/2013

 

 
 
tweet
 
share

email
   
print
 
subscribe

 

Other news in this sector:

2/9/2016 US: New distribution center for Pure Hothouse in Texas
2/9/2016 Dow Chemical CEO plans retirement after DuPont merger
2/9/2016 Stockton takes first step into U.S market
2/8/2016 UK: Vitacress fined 60,000 after employee loses fingertips in machinery
2/8/2016 Grodan to be featured on Discovery Channel
2/8/2016 Monsanto and BASF may reap more from partnership after Syngenta sale
2/8/2016 Organization and management changes at Yara
2/8/2016 Bayer "committed to UN sustainable development goals"
2/8/2016 Canada: New distribution center for Pure Hothouse Foods
2/8/2016 Germany: Fire destroys Gimperlein's greenhouse, Koppert Cress helps colleague grower
2/8/2016 Canada: Lakeside Produce announces expansion
2/5/2016 Can you safely eat tomatoes grown in soil from Mars?
2/5/2016 US: Cultivate '16 registration opens March 8
2/5/2016 Richard Ward and Chris Daye join Beneficial Insectary
2/4/2016 Canada: How to start training pepper plants
2/4/2016 UK: Neame Lea Fresh formed from JVG Herbs
2/4/2016 New Kocide Business Manager of Biopesticide for Certis USA
2/4/2016 Syngenta publishes 2015 results
2/4/2016 foodlife & Irmato join forces in robotics
2/4/2016 Canada: $7-million expansion for Leamington's Lakeside Produce