The dynamic horticultural production chain, covering all plants from vegetables to fruits and flowers, ensures that all horticultural products find their way from farm to fork. Through various channels, these products reach domestic and international markets.
Because the horticulture sector is built upon an intricate and complex system of actors and channels, in which each variable affects the other, decisions within the sector need to be taken with precaution. Furthermore modifications must be managed and regulated in a specialized manner support by expert knowledge. Moreover, stakeholders not only have to respond to the changes brought by consumer demand, market regulations and technological advancements. They also have to deal with an ever- greater number of national and international laws and regulations, such as those governing international food quality standards. That is why horticulture chains are in constant development and always in need of optimization.
The complex dynamics of the horticultural production chain demand that entrepreneurs and professionals as well stakeholders in general constantly develop the knowledge and skills needed to optimise the process, adapt to changes and remain in the horticulture sector. Knowledge development and knowledge sharing is essential in improving the organisational standards and the product quality. Through knowledge sharing and constructive interactions stakeholders can develop a platform to ensure that entrepreneurs realize their business ideas in horticulture. Not only should entrepreneurs realize their business ideas, but also operate in the right way.
Over the last two years , India has endeavored towards creating platforms for knowledge and technological transfer for entrepreneurs and practitioners in India. A consortium of companies have developed a case to present knowledge and technology as an example to Indian investors. Sharing and development of knowledge is a fundamental part of it. Therefore courses and trainigns are being developed. Lentiz has been involved in the greenhouse management training and development.
The expected outcomes of this training program are:
- Knowledge transfer.
- Bring the sector to a higher level.
- Creating a positive attitude towards the Dutch approach to sustainable integratedchains.
- Creating ‘mouth-to-mouth exposure’.
- Demonstrate the added value of Dutch technology and knowledge