Practical horticulture training for Vietnamese trainers

Dutch and Vietnamese knowledge institutes and companies work together on the design and establishment of the Fresh Academy, a practical knowledge and training center for the horticultural sector in Vietnam. From December 14 to 18, the first session was held of a 1.5-year Train-the-Trainer (ToT) program. In Da Lat, the center of the horticultural region of Vietnam par excellence, the project team worked with 28 trainees from across the country on practical knowledge and training skills in greenhouse cultivation. The focus this week (14th – 18th of December 2015) was on fertilization, plant balance and crop protection. During the next training visit (march 2016) Demokwekerij Westland will learn the participants about greenhouse technology.

The agricultural sector in Vietnam, including horticulture, develops strongly and offers new opportunities for Dutch businesses. One of the shortcomings in the sector development is a lack of practical and applicable knowledge. The Fresh Academy project, with a duration of over two years, contributes to the necessary knowledge and thereby created the foundation for a horticultural training center. The Train-the-Trainer course is an essential part of the project by teaching trainers how to train horticultural entrepreneurs, company employees and students in sustainable and technically advanced horticulture.
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The Fresh Academy project builds on experiences gained by Fresh Studio in the past 10 years in the Vietnamese horticulture. HAS University of Applied Sciences (project leader) plus Wageningen UR / PPO, Lentiz Course & Consult, Demkwekerij Westland, Kenlog b.v. and Fresh Studio form a unique cluster that takes the challenge to shape the Fresh Academy. In addition, four (agriculture) universities in Vietnam are actively involved. In the long term the project partners work on a Fresh Academy, which is not limited to Da Lat but will also be active in the north (around Ha Noi) and the south of Vietnam, around Ho Chi Minh City. In the Mekong province Dong Thap the project partners Demokwekerij Westland and Kenlog already have an intensive cooperation with the local horticultural sector that specializes in flowering plants.

The ToT session in December caused enthusiasm among 28 eager students. HAS University of Applied Sciences, Lentiz Course & Consult and Wageningen UR / PPO gave content to the training. In March 2016, the next session is provided; then with the input of HAS University of Applied Sciences, Lentiz Course & Consult and Demokwekerij Westland.

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Demokwekerij-Straat op Tuinbouw Relatiedagen Gorinchem

Bent u van plan dit jaar een bezoek te brengen aan de Tuinbouw Relatiedagen in Gorinchem, kom dan ook even langs bij de inspirerende Demokwekerij-Straat!

Demokwekerij Westland en haar participanten staan dit jaar wederom in een gezamenlijke straat. Wilt u de laatste ontwikkelingen zien op het gebied van teelt en techniek bezoek dan tijdens de relatiedagen de Demokwekerij-Straat.

De bedrijven die vertegenwoordigt zijn in de Demokwekerij-straat tijdens de relatiedagen op 16, 17 en 18 februari zijn:

  • Duijndam Uitzendgroep
  • Cor Pellikaan
  • De Gier Drive Systems
  • Metazet/Formflex
  • Eurofins Agro
  • Honeywell
  • Inno-Agro
  • TTO

dinsdag 16 februari 13.00 – 21.00 uur
woensdag 17 februari 13.00 – 21.00 uur
donderdag 18 februari 13.00 – 21.00 uur

Evenementenhal Gorinchem
Franklinweg 2
4207 HZ Gorinchem

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Step in realisation of new Demokwekerij Westland

On Wednesday 25 November the official Kick-off of the new building of Demokwekerij Westland on the Greenport Hortic Campus Westland location found place. Here the plans for the new building were publicized. The first steps were set earlier this month with the purchase of the ground of Trade Parc Westland, what is in front of flower auction FloraHolland Naaldwijk.

During the kick-off, which found place at Flora Holland, businesses, schools, knowledge institutions and the municipality all came together for information about the new location, the future of the knowledge centre and the future developments. Municipality Westland, the architect of the building, Lentiz MBO Greenport, Demokwekerij Westland and Greenport Food and Flower Experience all told something about the new campus.demo20

For the Demokwekerij this means that a new greenhouse complex for research will be build and next to that a permanent horticulture exhibition is build where national and international visitors can see all the horticulture techniques. This exposition will be set up together with Lentiz MBO Greenport and Greenport Food and Flower Experience. With the new school of Lentiz MBO Greenport in the building the first phase of the Greenport Horti Campus Westland will be realized. On this first petal, education, research, innovation and business live meets each other.

Around 150 people were at the meeting, where after the conversation with the panel and questions from the audience, the building board officially got revealed by the investors (Lentiz MBO Greenport, Demokwekerij Westland, GFFX and Municipality Westland). If everything goes according plan than in the spring of 2016 the first pole would be in the ground, in the fall of 2017 the move will find place.


Demokwekerij Westland in Colombia

Demokwekerij Westland is together with Lentiz involved at the realisation of a knowledge- and training centre for the horticulture in Colombia for education and training. A few participants of Demokwekeirj Westland are also involved in the project. At the project next to the Dutch companies also Colombian organisations are involved, including universities, branch organizations and companies from the horticulture sector. The project is supported by the Dutch government through a so called stimulation measurement ‘transition facility’. Colombia is next to Vietnam and South-Africa marked by the Dutch government as ‘transition country’ which means that these countries are experience a rapid transition towards a modern economy and market opportunities offer for the Dutch Topsectors, where Tuinbouw & Uitgangsmaterialen are part of.

The Project ‘Centro de Capacitación y Conocimiento Colombia’ has as goal, to make the Dutch Horticulture available for Colombian growers through training programs and demonstration projects, but also to contribute to the sustainability and efficiency improvement of the vegetable production in the greenhouse and floriculture in Colombia. The Dutch participants will bring in a transition facility in the form of a research- and demonstration greenhouse, which contribute to the education- and training programs, whereby the trainers are trained the so-called ‘train-the-trainer program.’ At this moment the definitive economic and technical feasibility of the project are estimated and in dialogue with the Dutch government and all Dutch and Colombian partners are decided if the project can definitely find place. To come to this definitive decision we worked with all partners for the las month on an optimal project form.

In October Demokwekerij Westland has visited Colombia to speak with the Colombian universities DSC_0024 safdasdfabout the collaboration for the training program. The Colombian partners showed a lot of enthusiasm to make this a successful collaboration, and a perfect location is also found at an already existing research facility for the horticulture at one of the participating universities. Demokwekerij also participated in a few company visits at horticulture companies in Colombia, the floriculture fair in Bogotá called Proflora was also visited. Here useable knowledge was gained for the project and conversations were conducted with various organisations and companies which are active in the Colombian horticulture. The definitive ‘green light’ for the project we expect at the beginning of February 2016, when we ‘dot the I’s and crossed the t’s’. A lot of work needs to be done for this project, but with the changes this project in Colombia offers for our participants and relations, is this an challenge Demokwekerij would like to take.

Periodic tuning at meeting for participants

On Tuesday November 10 the participants meeting found place at Demokwekerij Westland. On the basis of the three diciplines; demonstration, research and sharing knowledge, the participants got updates about the latest developments.

After a review on the year 2015, we looked forward to the year 2016. Important subjects this afternoon where Demokwekerij 2.0, researches and Demokwekerij International. The new participants had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the group through a short presentation. After a tour through various research departments, a harvest robot for eggplants was showed in IDC Robotica. The participants went home with new information and a new ideas.Participantenverg participantenvergaderingg

A Day away with Demokwekerij Westland and Proeftuin Zwaagdijk

Friday 20 November it was quiet at Demokwekerij Westland. On this day the yearly company outing of Demokwekerij Westland and Proeftuin Zwaagdijk found place.

After a visit at two innovative and leading pot plant growers the program continued with around 60 people at Landgoed Olmenhorst in Lisserbroek. Here various activities found place with the motto ‘Teambuilding at the top’. After the activities the evening continued with nice food and drinks. After the visit of Sinterklaas and singing the self-written Demo/Zwaagdijk-song the evening was complete.Bedrijfsuitje