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.