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Netherlands, is 2nd world food Exporter !
Posted by Editor One on 8th November 2018

The Dutch agricultural sector has once again claimed it place as the worlds’ second largest agricultural exporter for the year ended 2017. The country national statistics office CBS reported a total of €92bn, or $113.5bn US dollars, in agricultural exports from the country for 2017 – up 7% on 2016 – ranking the Netherlands as the second-largest agricultural exporter after the USA.
According to the Report, about €40.5 billion of the exports is attributable to products made in the Netherlands, while €3.5 billion came from goods that were first imported before undergoing limited processing and then being exported to other countries. If agriculture-related products are included, the contribution to the Dutch economy rises to €48 billion.
Flowers and flower bulbs once again topped the list of Dutch exports, followed by dairy products, which overtook meat as the second-largest Dutch agricultural export last year.
Most Dutch agricultural produce is exported to Germany at €30.4bn in 2017, with Germany being Netherlands most important agricultural export market.
The next largest export markets are Belgium (€10.4bn) and the UK (€8.6bn) followed by France (€8bn). Whereas Dutch exports to Belgium and France increased, they fell to the UK probably because of a weaker pound sterling related to Brexit, according to the CBS.
Exports of other agriculture-related products such as farm equipment, fertilizers and pesticides came to 9.1bn, bringing the total for the sector to €101bn.
The USA which top the world food exports had agricultural exports for fiscal year 2017 put at estimated $140.5bn, or €114.2bn euro.
World Agri-food wonder
The Netherlands, just 41.500 km2 with about 18 mln people tells a hopeful story about the challenges facing a hungry world. It is a small country that punches well above its weight in the global agricultural sector, a dynamo leading the world in food security and solutions.
The Netherlands, simply put is a global agricultural wonderland.

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