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Blog post | 15-02-2022 | Consulate General in Toronto

Ecoation Innovation Solutions Inc.a Canadian grower-centric platform that uses both human knowledge and machine precision to help growers, recently announced a collaboration with a Dutch AI technology company blue basewinner of the Greenhouse Technology Award at the 2021 Canadian Greenhouse Conference. Together, they have partnered to develop the world’s first standalone Find & Fix solution, which further automates the decision-making process regarding crop quality and climate control.

Collaboration between the Netherlands and British Columbia (BC) in the agritech sector has been steady over the past decades and continues to grow. Many Dutch immigrants immigrated to British Columbia in the 1950s and played an important role in the development of the region’s agricultural and horticultural sectors.

Their influence is still reflected today in the ownership structure of the horticulture sector, as well as in the technology used in some of the province’s leading facilities. The rise of established technology companies, the development of government policies to promote technology and innovation, and BC’s competitive advantages with a strategic geographic location provide a thriving environment for accelerating progress in agriculture. smart.

“The Netherlands is well known for its agricultural exports and its leadership in using technology to increase production and is admired and followed around the world. Dutch companies, research institutes and government agencies are already cooperating on agritech and innovation in projects around the world, including right here in British Columbia. We look forward to strengthening our partnership to help us achieve our goals of using agritech to continue building innovative and sustainable projects. food systems that contribute to increasing our food security and our food economy. – Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Government of British Columbia

BC’s agtech sector has strong growth potential, with an expected compound annual growth rate of 8% per year in BC and 12% globally. By 2025, BC’s agtech sector is expected to generate an estimated $600 million in revenue and directly support approximately 2,300 jobs (MNP, 2020).

In November 2019, a Letter of Intent (LOI) was signed by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology. Mutually challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, the governments of British Columbia and the Netherlands have joined forces to actively support opportunities for collaboration in agricultural innovation and to collectively find solutions to these global challenges.


Calendar 2022

  • Canadian Agritech Virtual Mission to Benelux – February 21-25

Led by Global Affairs Canada, 10 Canadian Agritech companies (4 from British Columbia) are participating in a virtual mission where they will be introduced to potential partners in the Benelux. 40 B2B matchmaking sessions will be set up.

  • BC Ag Innovation Forum – March 31 – April 2

The annual BC Ag Innovation Day, part of the Pacific Agriculture Show, will take place in Abbotsford and will showcase the latest technologies and innovations in British Columbia. There will be two virtual panel discussions on “Impacts of Covid-19” and “Innovations and Robotics” that are changing the face of farm work.

  • Netherlands/Western Canada: Dragon’s Den Pitch Virtual Event – ​​April 5

On the sidelines of BC Ag Innovation Day, CG Vancouver and StartLife (agri-food tech accelerator in Wageningen) are hosting a pitch event for Dutch startups and scale-ups looking to expand into Western Canada. Opportunities for companies in the robotics, automation and plant-based protein sector are in focus.

  • Women in Agriculture in Edmonton – April (TBC)

An in-person discussion table, where we highlight and share the stories, achievements and challenges of women in agriculture. We talk about the role of women in agriculture with (female) leaders and entrepreneurs from Western Canada and the Netherlands.

  • Plant Empowerment In-Person Cultivation Workshop – May 16-20

Plant Empowerment is an innovative cultivation method that aims to optimize the three balances of cultivation: energy, water and assimilates. As a follow-up to an interactive workshop held on December 21, organized by the Network of Diplomatic Missions of the Netherlands, an in-person workshop will be set up by Plant Empowerment in Vancouver (BC) and Leamington (ON)

  • Canadian Agritech Business Mission to GreenTech Amsterdam – June 14-16

A group of advanced Canadian Agritech companies will visit GreenTech Amsterdam, led by the Canadian Embassy in The Hague with support from the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec. Oost NL and Innovation Quarter will play a part in delivering a tour for Canadian companies, as part of the program around the show.

Continued collaboration between the Netherlands and Canada is paramount for continued progress in smart farming. A partnership rooted in the sharing of knowledge and innovative solutions has shown great promise and will continue to be a key force behind the movement towards more sustainable agriculture. – Marianne Vaes, Dutch agricultural adviser to the United States and Canada

Recent examples of BC-NL collaboration in farming

Below are several recent examples of successful collaborations between British Columbia and the Netherlands on innovative solutions to make sustainable agriculture possible. They represent a mutual interest in self-sustaining cultivation, better crop quality and reduced environmental impact.


1. Klaassen Farms (BC) – FineField (NL)

Klaassen Farms, a large family blueberry operation (Chiliwack, BC), recently added an automatic blueberry harvester, developed by Dutch company FineField, to its operations. This solar-powered harvester called “Harvy 500” is fully automated and replaces the work of 50-60 manual pickers, while maintaining a high quality berry and decreasing soil loss.

2. Qualitere (BC) – Aris Vision Systems (NL)

Aris Vision Systems, Dutch specialist in robotic camera systems for machines for the control and
handling of agri-food products, recently joined forces with its first customer and wholesaler
Qualitere Propagation Specialist (Chilliwack, BC). The Quallitree team enjoys leveraging Dutch technology partnerships to exceed the expectations of its client partners and pursue its goal of becoming the most efficient incubator in North America through a process of continuous improvement.

3. TechBrew (BC) – Highline Mushrooms (BC) – Banken Mushrooms (NL)

Banken Mushrooms, a leading international company producing and marketing fresh and specialty mushrooms, and Highline Mushrooms (Langley, British Columbia) have invested in a pilot project to adopt TechBrew’s advanced technology to automate the process of picking mushrooms. The project received an additional grant through the BC Agritech Grant Program, a British Columbia provincial government program to expand and develop technologies to help increase sustainable and regenerative food production.

For more examples of agriculture collaborations between BC and Dutch companies, visit the brochure link (January 21)

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