How do we limit the transport kilometres for propagating material and potatoes? This question is high on our agenda. We aim to produce as much as possible locally. In 2013, HZPC produced more than 17,700 ha of propagating material in Europe. Sixtysix per cent of this production took place in the Netherlands.
Five years ago, 78% of propagating material still originated from the Netherlands for European production. We want to reduce this. This is why we incorporate local for local cultivation. In specific terms this implies that since an HZPC production location is present in these countries (the UK, France, Germany, Poland and Finland) HZPC cultivates propagating material locally for the local market. In other words, cultivate close to home, where the consumer’s market is. This local for local strategy means that transport kilometres are limited for propagating material.
Despite this, it is sometimes better to export from the Netherlands. Exporting a good yield of high-quality potatoes from a Dutch field to Brazil, for example, may have less of an impact on the environment than actually producing this same volume locally in Brazil.
However, export to the surrounding countries will always continue to take place. This is true because a number of these producing countries will continue to show a demand for high-quality propagating material from the Netherlands. This propagating material then undergoes further development in the relevant country, for several years. After this period it is released on the local market for the production of potatoes for consumption. Sometimes clients also have a preference for Dutch origin. In that case export from the Netherlands is the only option.
Export to other countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa mostly occurs from the Netherlands.
Share of propagating material produced locally, of the overall propagating material sold in European producing countries (outside of the Netherlands):