Dutch agri-food expert Jan Hak sees great potential for potato production in China
October 30, 2016
With the help of Dutch technology and the Chinese people's own hard work, it is possible to double China's potato production as proposed in the current five-year plan, thus making potato a strategic bulk necessity for the Chinese population, said Jan Hak, a Dutch agri-food expert who has been engaged in Sino-Dutch agricultural cooperation in the past decades.
"China has set up a national strategy to make potato a staple food next to rice, wheat and corn. The Netherlands is leading in certain of these aspects. We could join hand in hand to reach a win-win situation," Hak, head of QuaTerNes, a Dutch leading company offering services, technologies and systems along integrated agri-food value chains, told Xinhua.
"Potato produces the highest result per mu (Chinese acre) with the lowest water consumption per food equivalent. Many Chinese provinces will be involved, especially in the so-called northern potato belt."