Glastuinbouw Nederland: Growing for tomorrow today
Glastuinbouw Nederland is the leading entrepreneurial network in the Dutch greenhouse horticulture sector. In it, LTO Noord, ZLTO and LLTB work together to influence policy and create innovation programmes in the areas of Labour, Energy, Health & Happiness, Plant Health and Water & Environment. Together we represent 75% of the total greenhouse horticulture acreage in the Netherlands.
Dutch growers grow vegetables, flowers and plants responsibly with the aim of promoting health and well-being in society. Working together enables them to reconcile consumer wishes and environmental requirements in their business operations in an economically viable manner. In the protective environment of the greenhouse, they make optimal use of all the good things nature has to offer, while keeping pests and diseases at bay and avoiding environmentally harmful waste flows. They also offer challenging careers for people from any educational backgrounds and in many different fields.
Glastuinbouw Nederland unites and supports entrepreneurs in these areas, focusing its efforts on lobbying authorities at the international, national, provincial and regional levels, encouraging knowledge development and inspiring entrepreneurs through knowledge sharing.
Working to create a responsible greenhouse horticulture industry with optimal business conditions for our members is our challenge. We ensure collective solutions for a responsible, financially healthy and future-proof sector. We do this by anticipating external future developments and by making our voice heard in the public and political debate, while always putting our members’ interests first. In doing so we are helping to create a strong business climate and a healthy and internationally strong greenhouse horticulture industry.
We initiate, stimulate and facilitate collective knowledge development and sharing in order to improve our members’ business operations with active support from more than 25 crop committees, 13 crop cooperatives, 14 greenhouse horticulture regions and 10 grower groups.
We do this together with growers, suppliers, research institutes, supply chain organisations and the Dutch Greenports.
In our active lobbying of government authorities, politicians and civil society organisations, we effectively influence policy makers, allowing our members to do business in the best possible way. We build relationships and open doors that remain closed to others.
Through the Kennis in je Kas (KijK, “Knowledge in your greenhouse”) innovation programme, which includes Kas als Energiebron (“The Greenhouse as a Source of Energy”), Glastuinbouw Waterproof (“Waterproof Greenhouse Horticulture”) and Het Nieuwe Doen in Plantgezondheid (“New Practices in Plant Health”), we stimulate professionalisation and innovation in greenhouse horticulture businesses. This enables us to offer our members independent insights into the latest relevant developments taking place now or in the future inside and outside the sector.
We are also the initiator of the Dutch Foundation for Innovation in Greenhouse Horticulture (SIGN), which works on ground-breaking innovations in its Circular Horticulture innovation programme.
To promote ongoing knowledge development, we encourage the establishment of crop cooperatives. In these crop cooperatives, 13 of which have been set up since 2014, the members jointly decide what knowledge they want to develop. The costs are borne jointly by the members. Together with Flynth Adviseurs en Accountants and Westland Partners, Glastuinbouw Nederland plays a supporting role in the establishment and organisation of the cooperatives.