On 22 February, the 'Farm to Fork' hybrid seminar in China was successfully held at the Shanghai Okura Garden Hotel. More than 80 people participated physically, from which over 15 Dutch horticulture companies. Over 70 people have watched the whole seminar, and in addition, more than 600 people have been able to access the online broadcast seminar.
The main purpose of this seminar was to connect consumers and retailers with high-tech agriculture and to help them get a better understanding. This should result in business opportunities and tighter cooperation amongst governments, enterprises, and education in China and the Netherlands. It was organized by The Shanghai Agriculture Commission, PIB NL Protected Agriculture Alliance China, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in China, and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai and co-organized by the Shanghai Vegetable and Edible fungi industry Association, C Fruit Union, and Dutch Greenhouse Delta.
Shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables in major cities
Chinese and Dutch governmental officials, experts, scholars, and well-known business people gathered together to discuss the development of Sino-Dutch facility agriculture and the needs of the consumer market through mainstream domestic retail channels. Mr. Wouter Verhey, Agricultural Counselor of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in China, noted in his speech that since 2020, during the COVID epidemic, there has been a shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables in major cities. The fragile fresh produce supply system has made everyone aware of the need for high-tech facility agriculture in the suburbs of megacities.
Needs of the retail and consumer market
In total, eight speakers shared knowledge about market trends, the retail sector, and the value chain in China and the Netherlands. Dingdong Cayman and C- Fruits Union gave insight into the business side of retailing and the consumer's demands for high-quality fruits and vegetables. Shanghai Xinghui, Kubo, Ridder, and Grodan presented Dutch and Chinese greenhouse technology to guarantee food safety. Bayer de Ruiter and Food Ventures represented the seeds and growers and how they provide safe, consumer-liked flavors and fresh fruits and vegetables to Chinese consumers as part of the whole ecosystem.
The panel discussion with six business experts included how to establish a high-tech horticulture brand and build a common standard among Chinese consumers. This lively discussion was considered one of the highlights of the hybrid seminar. The afternoon ended with a network reception, where all participants exchanged more ideas for cooperation to ensure a safe and stable food supply in China's megacities.
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