The Dutch greenhouse horticulture sector aims to produce the most sustainable horticultural products in the world. One of the first goals is to reduce the dependency on chemical plant protection products and to produce horticultural products that are almost residue free and are produced without emission of pesticides to the environment. The main challenges is to develop an integrated approach to combat both above and belowground diseases and plagues using robust cultivation strategies. Recently, the Public Private Partnership project Green Challenges has been started to facilitate this transition.
LTO Glaskracht Nederland en Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture did organise a kick-off workshop on last January 21. The aim of this workshop was to identify potential and promising innovation leaps to obtain sustainable production systems for greenhouse vegetables, flowers and potted plants. To get inspiration a number of high profile speakers were invited to share their ideas on sustainable horticulture. For example, what is the sustainability agenda of Ahold and how can horticulture producers contribute to this? How can we make more use of natural conditions to improve the cropping systems? These and other aspect are important issues in the further development of the integrated greenhouse horticulture. Inspiring ideas were selected for further development in the project, based on the discussion during the workshop.
The project is a public-private cooperation of Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture with the grower’s organisation LTO Glaskracht Nederland, and private companies, financed by the Top sector Horticulture and Propagation materials and the Product board Horticulture.