Farm Writers Lunch – Innovative Food Logistics

Netherlands Consul General, Frank van Beuningen, was invited by the New South Wales Farm Writers’ Association, to talk about how a tiny country – the Netherlands is one-tenth the size of NSW- has become such a significant producer and exporter of fresh food, and the innovative examples that could possibly benefit the development of a fresh food precinct in Western Sydney.

The Consul General explained the critical success factors for a fresh food hub, like the demand driven approach to the entire supply chain and the coordinating and facilitating role of government. He also mentioned the logistics needed to move food efficiently from farm to fork as well as the role of greenhouses, as they have tremendously improved production rates in the Netherlands, while reducing the need for water, energy and pesticides.

Australia and NSW in particular have been leaders in agricultural innovation for decades, and with the development of a greenfield agro precinct in Western Sydney, these are very exciting times. It is where Australian and Dutch companies and knowledge institutions can work together, learn from each other and continue to build on their agricultural sectors which are already world class.