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Official start Dutch 2g@there program GITAH at “Fiesta de la Papa” Argentina

From March 15th till 18th the yearly potato show “Fiesta de la Papa” was held in the town Otamendi in the south east of Argentina. During this exhibition the GITAH project was launched. GITAH stands for “Grupo de Intercambio Technologico Argentino - Holandes”. This Dutch 2g@there project was initiated by Farm Frites and supported by the Dutch Ministry of economic affairs.

GITAH is an initiative in which leading Argentine and Dutch companies cooperate in the potato sector to merge the best of both knowledge to innovate the Argentine potato sector.

This potato production innovation program is dedicated to the complete chain of efficiency and quality improvement and aims for long term results. The program results will be constantly followed, evaluated and presented in demonstration projects throughout different regions in Argentina.

For the official opening people were invited from Pepsico, McCain, Farm Frites, Mercado Central, The Ministry of Agriculture of Argentina, The INTA, The Potato Federation, HZPC and several potato growers. From Holland several participants in GITAH represented the group during the opening in Otamendi. These representatives were: Mr Jos den Boer from Farm Frites, Mr. Jan van Laar from the consultancy organisation Agriment International, Mr. Alfred Rol from Dacom and Mr. Harco Christiaens from APH Group.

During the opening several speakers explained different processes in this program. Mr. Freek Vossenaar, the agricultural counsellor of The Netherlands in Argentina explained the added value of the modern Dutch technology’s for the future innovations of the Argentine agricultural sector. Mr Jos den Boer from Farm Frites looked back, as initiator, on the history of the establishment of the project. The challenge is to adjust the present growing techniques in Argentina in such way that high quality crops can be produced, suitable for modern processing firms and supermarkets. Mr. Jan van Laar from Agriment International consultancy, discussed more detailed the concept and the realisation of the GITAH with all it’s connected companies. After the official opening also the official website for GITAH was presented: Speech of Mr. Freek Vossenaar, Agricultural counsellor of The Netherlands in Argentina, during the official opening of the GITAH project in Argentina

Speech of Mr. Jos den Boer, Farm Frites, Initiator of the GITAH project, during the official opening of the GITAH project in Argentina


During Fiesta de la Papa several machines, with innovative Dutch techniques, were demonstrated. The GITAH project is the platform to implement and proof these technologies to be adapted in Argentina via demo projects in the most efficient way. These demo projects will allow the participants to find proof for suitability in Argentina and will be supported by training, education and knowledge exchange during seminars and field days where specialist from Argentina and The Netherlands cooperate. This allows to merge the best knowledge and experience from both Argentina and the Netherlands for long term relationship and results.

Mrs. Mercedes Barilatti from APH Group Latin America, and Martin Peralta, Farm Manager of Mahuay S.R.L. , presenting a Baselier 4FK380 rotary ridger during the field demonstration day at FdlP.

Mr. Vincent Holvoet from Dewulf , presenting the Dewulf, RA2060, potato harvester during the field demonstration days at FdlP

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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)