Selection of growers and breeders with a sustainability programme
We at HZPC cannot improve the sustainability of the potato chain on our own. We require growers who produce in a sustainable way for this. Transparency and making sustainable actions transparent to growers are therefore hugely significant.
Skylark Foundation supports growers that want to make their companies more sustainable. Soil improvement is an important component of this process. Sustainable use of soil is important to the grower and to HZPC. Yields and quality can only be improved through enhanced utilisation of the soil now and in the future.
In recent years, Veldleeuwerik Foundation has developed a method to improve the sustainability of farms. This starts with the soil, the most important capital asset of any farm. Farmers that participate in Veldleeuwerik work together on a future-proof company.
The experiences of participating farmers have been very positive. They have indicated that they learn a great deal from one another. In regional meetings farmer colleagues confront each other (under the supervision of an external adviser), inspire each other with ideas and challenge each other. The result is that they often take steps to implement actions much sooner compared to farmers who stand alone. Steps with a practical approach for a future-proof company.
Growers work together on their own sustainability plan based on 10 indicators.
Veldleeuwerik's 10 indicators:
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