From September 5 to 8, 2016, the Dutch Minister for Agriculture, Martijn van Dam, together with a delegation of Dutch companies visited the Argentine Minister of Agro-industry, Ricardo Buryaile, to strengthen co-operation between both countries in the areas of agrologistics and water management. Peter Ravensbergen of the Postharvest Network and Wageningen Food & Biobased Research gave a presentation on agrologistics and reduction of agri-food losses in the supply chain.
One of the results of the mission was the signature of a MoU between both countries in which (among others) both countries express their willingness to invest in “Logistics and marketing of agro-industrial products, specially fruits and vegetables” in Argentina.
Argentina’s new administration is ready to boost and invest in agrologistics and reduction of food losses in the supply chain in order to:
- give citizens access to healthy, safe, sustainable an affordable food;
- create a market driven, efficient, and sustainable food production system and value chain;
- increase the export of horticultural products.
This mission was followed by a second ‘scoping’ mission in November 2016 by Peter Ravensbergen to identify possibilities for co-operation in the fruit and vegetable supply chain, respectively in the regions Rio Negro and La Plata.
The Ministry of Agro-industry is very active in the area of reduction of food waste and losses and has initiated a 1 million USD programme called “National Program for the Reduction of Food Loss and Waste”. Please follow this link for more information. http://www.alimentosargentinos.gob.ar/HomeAlimentos/ValoremoslosAlimentos/
Presently the Ministry of Agro-industry is finding an opportunity for a co-operation with the Netherlands. Next steps will be made during the visit of Maurico Macri, the President of Argentina, to the Netherlands in March 2017 and a visit of the director of Horticulture to Wageningen and the Fruitlogistica in Berlin in February 2017.