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Kenya should look to the Dutch for ag inspiration

According to World Bank, as of 2014, 47 per cent of the world's population lived in rural areas. The 70 per cent of the world’s poor who live in rural areas consider agriculture to be their main source of living.

Agriculture has made a significant contribution to the economic prosperity of advanced nations and its role in the economic development of developing countries such as Kenya is significant.

The history of countries such as England, confirms that the agricultural revolution preceded the industrial revolution. In the US and Japan, agricultural advancement has fed into industrialisation.

Over time, the Netherlands whose economy relies heavily on the agricultural sector and on exports nearing 83 per cent of its GDP, has had the most progressive and transformational agricultural practices in the world.

As the sixth largest economy in the eurozone and the ninth best country for doing business in, the Netherlands has a highly mechanised agricultural sector that provides huge surpluses for food-processing and emphasises her global status as the second largest agricultural exporter after the US.

The growth in its agricultural exports reflects what seems to be a broader upturn in the country's bullish economy.

Figures from the Statistics Netherlands (CBS) shows that, in 2015, the total value of Dutch agricultural exports were Sh9.2 trillion – four times the value of Kenya’s 2016/17 budget.

The most important export products reported were potatoes, vegetables and fruits, amounting to Sh1.2 trillion, representing 14 percent of the total agricultural exports.

(1 Kenyan Shilling=0.0099 USD)


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