April 19, 2017 | 20:36 (GMT+7)
Deputy PM visits world’s largest flower auction platform in Netherlands
Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung visited Aalsmeer – the world’s largest flower auction platform – near Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on April 18 as part of a working visit to the Netherlands.
Aalsmeer town provides a venue for the transactions of about 60 percent of the world’s flowers, or nearly 50 million flowers each day.
The flower auction center of Aalsmeer (Photo: Netherlands Tourism)
Aside from flowers grown in the Netherlands, flowers from other European countries, Central America or Africa are also transported to Aalsmeer by air, auctioned at 7am every day, and then delivered to around the globe in less than 24 hours.
The town has formed an uninterrupted chain of services, from finance, transport to trading.
By strongly investing in hi-tech agriculture, the Netherlands has helped farmers increase added value in traditional products while exporting many agricultural technologies to other nations. Its agriculture gains a revenue of EUR 50 billion each year, accounting for about 10 percent of GDP, although laborers in this sector make up only 2 percent of the population.
Deputy PM Dung said he is impressed with the Netherlands’s strength in agriculture, voicing his hope for the two countries’ closer cooperation to help shift the agricultural structure and increase the value of agricultural products of Vietnam.
On late April 18, he met with the Vietnamese Embassy staff and representatives of Vietnamese people in the Netherlands.