Netherlands: Large joint project vital cultivation hyacinth starts

On October 15, a consortium of companies has started a research project to make the cultivation of hyacinths sustainable. Together, they will improve, speed up, or adjust various aspects of the cultivation The project has two objectives.

1. Proof-of-concept: The joint development of a new cultivation system for a clean and disease free hyacinth cultivation. This new system will realize a reduction in usage of agents with 80% in 2023. Soil taxation will also be significantly reduced. In the project, a new cultivation system is being developed and the proof-of-concept is demonstrated.

2. The acceptation and adaptation of the new cultivation system by the hyacinth sector, the trading and chain partners and the stakeholders. In the project, the new cultivation system will be fine-tuned during the development with the chain partners, to guarantee their input. The cultivation system will also will be embedded in the broad network  which is active with innovatons for a vital hyacinth cultivation and will result in new or reinforced connections between companies and institutes involved.

Participant consortium POP3 Vital cultivation hyacinth

Special in this project is that the growers involved also have started testing in practice, so practice and science go hand in hand. The following partners were part of the consortium with coordinator Markglory; Fa. P.C. van Saase & Zn., Fa. K. van Haaster & Zn., Van Haaster Vijfhuizen B.V., Apeldoorn Bloembollen VOF., VOF. Th. A. Pennings en Zonen, Bulb Quality Support B.V., Iribov B.V., Stichting Wageningen Research, BU Glastuinbouw & Bloembollen, Alb. Groot and KAVB. 

The project has been realized with pre-financing of Greenport D&B to write the project. The Provincie Zuid Holland makes 70% of the budget available as subsidy via the POP3 financing (EU). The Stichting Hagelunie also supports the project financially. The companies involved also provide part of the financing.

For more information, please contact Barry Looman, of 06 123 96 551.

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