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10 questions to Bart Vrolijk, Dutch Agricultural Counsellor in Argentina,

1. How did you end up in this job?

During my study in Wageningen Agricultural Economics I did an internship in Peru. After five years for the FAO, the agricultural and food organization of the UN, having worked in Chile and Rome I in 2001 for the then Ministry of Agriculture began to focus on international trade of atention. The past five years I was farming board in Brazil.

2. What everyone should know about your work?

After closing earlier this year the Embassy in Montevideo, the agricultural office in Buenos Aires is now responsible for four countries: Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Toguether, their area is large as the EU-27 (!). That each country has its own culture and characteristics, and therefore tailored export strategy from the Netherlands is needed. And that, in contrast to Europe, here the economy is growing well. Paraguay grew in 2010 up to 13 percent, an outlier. The average growth rates in the region are between 4 and 6 percent.

3. When you think "this is a nice day"?

Every day I do not take the train.

4. What is your biggest annoyance?

The same train. The train in Buenos Aires is terrible. Built a century ago by the British, never since maintained. Old, dirty, dangerous, overcrowded, hot. A collision in February 2012 left 51 dead and 700 wounded. Last I had suddenly had to get out while driving because a wagon was on fire. A stark contrast with the metro in Santiago that is clean, fast and safe. A pleasure, literally, "Progress". Besides, the NS in the Netherlands is not so bad.

5. Who do you admire?

My wife Alexandra, and our daughters Sofia (6) and Matilda (3). Because daddy again went to work to another, and they had to leave their best friends behind. Fantastic to see how quickly they have adapted to the new school and environment, and meanwhile they speak four languages.

6. Which sector shows great opportunities?

Besides the railway, you mean? We have a good running happily in Argentina 2g@there program for the potato chain, and have a study on opportunities for the fruit sector. Argentina would like to replace imports by private production. Import is therefore is difficult, unless it contributes to the Argentine production (Inputs, capital goods). Chile, in contrast will be within a few years in the top 10 of agro-exporters in the world giving priority to value-added products. The country has resources to invest in knowledge and (food) technology, as the Wageningen UR / Chile Centre of Excellence shows. Also the horticulture sector offers opportunities in Chile, from horticultural seeds to greenhouse technology and equipment. Paraguay and Uruguay are relatively unknown, and, although they are larger than the Netherlands, they have a small internal market. Growth rates are robust. Important sectors are still beef and soy.

7. What about sustainability in your area?

Many companies produce sustainably here. In cereals for example, by rotation and not plowing. Siembra-directa (direct sowing) saves the farmer not only time and money, but it also prevents unnecessary CO2 emissions from the soil. In the soy sector companies have joined the Round Table on Responsible Soy, the RTRS. The initiative seeks to make business and civil society, the whole soybean chain more sustainable. Argentina also has a decent organic sector.

8. What can be optimized in your area of work?

1) Once the increasing import restrictions in Argentina are finished, which is doing business in this great agricultural country for foreign companies frustrating. And inflation (25%) must be reduced. 2) By focusing on BRICS, is sometimes forgotten what opportunities the group of countries provides that there just behind it. Chile (but Peru and Colombia) grew this year by 6 percent, more than three times as than Brazil, and has almost no import tariffs. The country copper exports leaves money available for investment in agriculture and food processing. Netherlands may contribute to agriculture, food and horticulture also, in Chile this is top sector.

9. Which local dish is your favorite?

Bife de lomo. Tender beef from the parrilla, the Argentine BBQ. Of course with a good glass of Malbec from Mendoza.

10. With whom would you like to step on an evening?

Princess Máxima. She lives as a Argentine now over 10 years in the Netherlands, I live as a Dutchman recently in Argentina. Enough to talk about, I think.

11. What is your keyword for the future?

"Het is beter vrolijk te zijn, dan Vrolijk te heten."( It is better to be happy, than to be called happy)


Source: Berichten Buitenland, nummer 12, december 2012/januari 2013

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Potato Events 2012


January 12th - 15th 2012

Fiesta Nacional de la Papa in Villa Dolores

March 15th - 18th 2012

35th Fiesta de la Papa in Otamendi.

March 16th 2012

Field Demonstration Dewulf Potato Harvester 2060 and Baselier Rotary Ridging cultivator

March 14th -17th 2013

36th Fiesta Provincial de la Papa in Otamendi. Gitah will have its own stand and will perform various activities, especially the reception for GITAH Field Mission 2012 participants

March 16th 2013

Manter Packing Demonstration in Nesmaral - Potato producer and packer for the fresh market. San Martín 296 Cdte. Nicanor Otamendi - Provincia de Buenos Aires.

March 16th 2013

Omnivent Storage Demonstration in Sol del Este

November 29th 2013

Jornada Técnia AgroPapa in Córdoba.

March 20th - 23th 2014

37th Fiesta Provincial de la Papa in Otamendi. Gitah will have its own stand and will perform various field demonstrations.

April 24th, 2014

Packaging and Marketing Workshop at Nesmaral, Otamendi


April 30th - May 4th 2012

Agrishow, Riberao Preto

June 20th - 22th 2012

Hortitec 2012, Holambra, SP

September 17th - 20th 2012

XXV ALAP Congress , Uberlândia, MG.

The Netherlands

August 22th 2012

Potato Demo Days Westmaas

November 10th - 16th 2013

Agritechnica 2013. At the world’s leading international exhibition for agricultural machinery and equipment, exhibitors from all over the world will be presenting their products and services for professional plant production.

September 11th - 12th 2013

PotatoEurope 2013. This event will be the heart of the international potato industry, where colleagues, clients, potential clients, suppliers, researchers and all other services in the potato chain will be gathered.

Sept. 2013

Gitah Potato Mission and visit to Potato Europe in Emmeloord, Netherlands. Dutch farmers and companies will be visited, in order to give the visitors an insight in how the Dutch potato sector is organised and how it performs.


Sept. 12th - 13th 2012

Potato Europe, Villers-Saint-Christophe, France


September 28th - October 2nd 2014

Congress of the Latin-American Association of Potato (ALAP).


September 3rd - 4th 2014

Potato Europe , Bockerode (Hannover)