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Dutch farm product exports rise 9% to €73bn

Friday 20 January 2012

The export of Dutch meat, dairy products, fruit, vegetables and flowers rose some 9% last year, making the Netherlands the second biggest farm produce exporter in the world, according to new figures from farming economic institute Lei and the national statistics office CBS.

Only the US exports more farm produce, the statistics, quoted by website nu.nl, show.

The figures were presented at the annual farming trade fair Grune Woche in Berlin. Germany is the Netherlands' biggest farm produce export market.

Dutch dairy and fruit and veg imports reached just over €48bn last year, meaning a trade surplus of €24.5bn, the institutes said. Exports of cucumbers and tomatoes in particular were hit in 2011 because of a food safety scare.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Agriculture is going to be a great business in the future, it hasn't been for many years but it will be.Shortages of food and farmers will make sure it does.The problem with food though..if prices rise people especially in the third world , tend to starve because they can no longer afford it.Then again you need prices to rise to make agriculture more attractive again and increase supplies.

By Roland | 21 January 2012 4:58 PM

Second largest farm produce exporter in the world? Truely amazing! Many other countries have many times the land size. This is a lesson for developing counties. It's actually a lesson for everyone - it doesn't matter what you have or don't have. It only matters what you can do. With resourcefulness, creatively, study, and experimentation you can become prosperous no matter what.

By HG | 22 January 2012 1:18 AM

So, why are the prices so high in the supermarkets? Oh yeah, Cartel, I nearly forgot!

By Highlander | 22 January 2012 5:57 PM

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