Food supply fears whet appetite for Dutch farm technology

jueves 28 de mayo de 2015 09:41 GYT

* Dutch have been long expert in farming on scarce land

* Technology in demand from states seeking food security

* Crops grow from Gulf to Russia in advanced greenhouses

* Dutch firm supplies five-hectare greenhouse to Kazakhstan

By Thomas Escritt

AMSTERDAM, May 28 (Reuters) - From the rooftops of Amsterdam to the expanses of Kazakhstan, Dutch technology is helping food producers to meet the needs of both gourmets and growing populations facing uncertain supplies.

One of the most densely populated countries in the world, the Netherlands has long learnt to squeeze the maximum out of its limited farmland, making it the second-largest agricultural exporter after the United States.

But now its exports of farm technology ranging from advanced greenhouse lighting and irrigation systems to drought-resistant seeds are also growing strongly. These are satisfying demand from countries which may be suffering shrinking water resources or energy shortages, or simply want to produce more of their own food rather than rely on imports in a turbulent world.

Such technology is at work in some unlikely spots.   Continuación...