As we have mentioned before in some of our previous posts, the Netherlands is the most populous country in Europe with a population of about 16 million. This large population means there is a huge demand for food that has to be sufficient to feed this large economy. As a result of this, this country has a vibrant agricultural industry that many outside of the Netherlands don’t know much about.
Let’s take a look at the 3 things about the Dutch way of life in relation to their vibrant agricultural industry that we bet you didn’t know about. Some will actually surprise you.
The Dutch grow other flowers besides Tulips
The Tulip may be the flower that the Netherlands is renowned for globally and one of the symbols of the Dutch Golden Era of the 17th Century however,this country is also one of the producers of other flower varieties such as Daisies, Purple Heather, Buttercups, Sunflowers and Keuknhof, which are of course among the highest quality in the world. These flowers don’t only contribute to forex from international trade but also to forex from tourists who flock this country during spring time to enjoy their beauty and sweet fragrance.
Windmills were an integral part of the Dutch agricultural sector
You have probably noticed a significant number of windmills in Dutch art as well as in various places around the country. What you don’t know is that windmills are currently on the decline. It’s estimated that there are only 991 windmills left in the Netherlands. These are 594 industrial and corn mills and 397 drainage mills. Windmills were one of the main sources of energy for the agricultural sector as it was the energy that was relied upon by the Dutch to process various raw material. However, upon introduction of steam energyduring the onset of the industrial revolution, use of windmills began declining.
Dutch dairy cows are among the best breeds in the world
The Dutch are known to be heavy consumers of dairy products. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why some scientists believe the Dutch are the tallest people in the world. Over the last decade, the Dutch have been making advancements in terms of improvements to their dairy breeds and this has seen their milk production shoot up by over 37 per cent. As at the close of 2016, the Dutch were producing about 14 billion kilos of milk annually which is among the highest production rate in the world.
Besides these 3 things, the Dutch also have a vibrant fishing industry that is run mostly by small fishing companies and is believed to produce about 43,000 metric tons of seafood every year. These are just some of the factors about the Dutch agricultural sector that make it one of the major contributors to the country’s overall economic growth.
We trust that this has been some piece of helpful information about the Netherlands.