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Dutch Export Agricultural Sector Growing, But Income Decreases Considerably

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The export value of agricultural and horticultural products increased by 9% in 2011. The income in the agricultural sector decreased considerably. The number of agricultural companies decreased to slightly in excess of 70,000. The environment tax of the agricultural sector shows a different picture and a larger part of the income is spent on food. This and more becomes clear from the Landbouw Economisch Bericht 2012 ( Agricultural economic report 2012) from LEI Wageningen UR. This annual edition offers an explanation of the developments in the Dutch agricultural sector shown against the economic and political developments.

The effects of the recession on the entire agricultural sector is smaller than for the average Dutch sector. The surplus value of the entire sector increased during the last few years. Whilst that of the total Dutch economy decreased by 1%. In the course of the years especially the logistic link of the sector increased in importance; more and more products come from outside the Netherlands. The number of jobs in logistics even increased, whilst in most parts of the sector there was a decrease.

Export grows again

The export measured in value grew considerably in 2011. Also the export of somewhat more economically sensitive products, such as flowers and dairy products remained up to the mark. In 2009 just as a result of the credit crisis the export of dairy products decreased considerably. The EU and also our southern and eastern neighbours, is still the most important export market for the Dutch agrarian products. Not only the export to the EU, but also that to countries outside the EU increased. The cheap Euro assisted in this. For the sectors, which imported much from outside the EU the cheap Euro meant an increase in the expense, such as for fodder

Incomes decreased considerably

The for 2011 estimated income is rather a lot lower than in 2010. Especially the strongly increased expenses put pressure on the incomes. According to estimates 20% of companies arrive at an income of nil or less. These are mainly companies in glasshouse horticulture and the egg laying poultry companies. At the other side of the spectre there are companies, also about 20% of the total, which earn more then Euro 100,000. These are mainly the larger companies, which - viewed over a longer period - are able to realise a higher income than the smaller companies.

Expenses for food increase

The last few years the Dutch spend a slightly larger part of their income on food. This is mainly because of the increased prices. It is striking, however, that there is still a strong increase in the sale of organic products.

Number of companies just above 70,000

The number of companies in the primary agriculture and horticulture decreased by about 2,7%. The decrease is in accordance with the long term trend. There are large differences between sectors. In the not-soil bound sectors the number of companies decreased twice as fast as the average. In the soil-bound sectors the percentage is below the average. In 2011 there are 70,392 companies against more than 97,000 in 2000.

The increase in scale and specialisation are still continuing within the primary agriculture. In the dairy cattle industry more than 20% of the companies have in excess of 100 cows. More than half of the national meat chicken stock was held by companies in 2010 looking after more than 100,000 meat chicks. In agriculture the increase of scale is a little slower than in cattle breeding sectors. Less than 5% of the companies had more than 100 HA of land.

Source: Fresh Plaza - Dutch Export Agricultural Sector Growing, but Income Decreases Considerably

Featured Event

08
May
2015

08 May 2015 - 10 May 2015

Antrim Castle Gardens @ Randalstown Road, Antrim, Antrim BT41, UK

Garden Show Ireland

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Garden Show Ireland has announced another year at it's magnificent setting, Antrim Castle Gardens. This year's show will take place 8 – 10 May 2015.

Antrim Castle Gardens is one of the most unique and historically intact gardens under public ownership in Ireland containing over four centuries of garden heritage. It has been beautifully restored by Antrim Borough Council incorporating newly revived garden features with fully accessible pathways and tracks. The gardens and surrounding parkland cover an area of over 60 acres.

Garden Show Ireland is proud that after the success of the 2014 Show, Antrim Borough Council has invited Northern Ireland's premier gardening event back to this magnificent venue for a second year, on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May 2015.

We are very excited about the 2015 event and we look forward to you joining us!

Applications for exhibitors to participate are invited now! To apply for space: Click here!

For more information please visit www.gardenshowireland.com





Featured Event

09
May
2015

09 May 2015 - 10 May 2015

Stradbally Hall Estate @ Laois, Co. Laois, Ireland

Irish Forestry, Woodland & Bio Energy Show Timber 2015

 TIMBER 2015!

Ireland's national & largest specialist bi-annual forestry show with bio energy sector, is now in its third year. Minister Show Opening: The Show will be opened 'officially' at 12 noon on Saturday 9 May by Minister Tom Hayes, Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

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SHOW SPEC:
2 day specialist show including: woodland & open exhibitor areas; wood processing machinery in action; demonstration arena: Husqvarna Irish National Tree Climbing Championships; Husqvarna timber extreme sports competitions; Komatsu forwarder competition; Teagasc forestry research & education; bio energy & heating; Trojan heavy horse logging; tree carving/chainsaw carving; woodland crafts; wildlife conservation bodies ... all in the setting of a beautiful wooded parkland estate.

EXHIBITORS:
Very heartening upward trend as bookings are particularly high for this reasonably early point. 2015 Forecast: 130; 110 in 2013 and 90 in 2011. International & Irish exhibitors. Including sole traders & industry giants.

SCOPE/TARGET PROFILE:
The Show is aimed at and of value to a wide range: timber growers both commercial & recreational; landowners considering the potential of investment in forestry; timber buyers & processors; contractors; tree surgeons; arboriculturists; landscapers; gardeners; forest & bio energy machinery & equipment manufacturers; heating & wood stove specialists; timber artisans; nurseries; conservationists; and basically, anyone with an interest in wildlife & woodland countryside.

DATE:
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 May 2015. (NB Change from the Fri/Sat slot to an exhibitors' suggested & preferred, Sat/Sun slot.)

SHOW HOURS:
9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

LOCATION:
Same time, same place! Stradbally Hall Estate. The estate proved an ideal venue in 2013, hence the repeat slot. It is located near Portlaoise off the M7 with easy access from Dublin airport and Dublin ferries. It has a network of hard roadways ideal for access for all types of machinery, in all types of weather.

FOOD & DRINK:
Hearty & artisan food plus importantly and by popular demand, a beer tent!

SPONSORS:
Including Husqvarna; Irish Farmers' Journal.

VISITORS:
Approximately 5000 over 2 days. NB A boost forecast with significant (one third!) reduction in ticket prices, see below.

TICKETS:
€10 per person.

KIDS:
FREE! NB Only children accompanied by an adult allowed entry.

PARKING:
FREE! Parking on the estate in very close proximity to the Show.

SHOW DIRECTOR:
David Wilkinson; 00353 87 997 3608; davidwilkinson@eircom.net.

For further information please visit www.ifwshow.ie





Featured Event

10
May
2015

10 May 2015

Airfield Estate @ Dundrum, Dublin 14

The Rare and Special Plant Fair 2015 in association with Bord Bia

The Rare and Special Plant Fair 2015 - Airfield Dublin 14

Spring has sprung and summer is on the way. Green fingered gardeners of all ages are encouraged to visit Airfield Dundrum on Sunday May 10th from 10am to 5pm, when it will play host to The Rare & Special Plant Fair 2015. Over forty specialist nurseries and associated businesses will be on site giving people the opportunity to purchase a vast selection of rare and unusual plants, advice on care and planting and much more. Cost of entry on the day is the discounted rate of only €5 for adults and children; for further information visit www.rareandspecialplantfair.ie and www.airfield.ie

The Rare & Special Plant Fair was established in 2001 with the assistance of Bord Bia to ensure that the gardening public has an opportunity to purchase rare and difficult to source plants, while at the same time visit a garden of note that they may not otherwise visit. Since then it has grown in reputation and stature, and is now considered one of the most highly anticipated dates on the horticultural calendar. As well as giving the gardening public the chance to purchase rare plants, the annual fair ensures that nurseries and breeders of these plants in Ireland have an opportunity to present them for sale. Visitors can also take advantage of expert gardener advice on the day, and a free plant crèche will be available.

In addition to this The Rare and Special Plant Fair offers the chance to visit some of the finest gardens Ireland has to offer. With past venues including Russborough House in Wicklow, Fancroft Millhouse Gardens in Roscrea and Farmleigh in Phoenix Park, this year's venue, Airfield, is now added to a list of the country's most notable and beautiful gardens. As well as a wonderful summer day out enjoying Airfield's ornamental and food gardens, lovingly tended to and cultivated by an expert team of gardeners, visitors on the day can experience Dublin's only working farm open to the public, a state of the art interactive heritage centre, display garage of vintage cars, and Overends restaurant.

 Admission to The Rare & Special Plant Fair at Airfield from 10am to 5pm on Sunday May 10th is €5 for all visitors.

 Keep up to date with what's happening at Airfield by following @airfielddundrum or www.facebook.com/airfielddublin