In addition to these certifications, it is hoped that there will be investment support for the horticultural industry. The national investment bank (BPI) has allocated €14 million for the modernising of glasshouses. There is also generic investment support from BPI for agricultural energy saving and automatisation (€60 million). If this is sufficient to allow the sector to compete on equal footing with other EU states, only time will tell.
In the meantime, the French market is extremely interesting for the Netherlands with increasing sales of fruit and vegetables and also the modernising programme for glasshouses could provide opportunities for the supporting industry. These programmes are the responisibility of the Agricultural ministry and its implementing agency, FranceAgriMer.
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Source: Agroberichten Buitenland