Wellantcollege shares its knowledge in the fields of floristry, growing fruit and horticulture with India to contribute to the economy of our internationally oriented green sector.
In April 2016 and October 2017, at the invitation of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Dutch embassy, Wellantcollege led a flower arranging workshop in Pune and Bangalore to improve the relationship with India. As a result of the growing sales market in India, an increasing number of Indian women earn a living by selling flower arrangements. However, they have not followed a training for this. Giving workshops is a step towards offering training and courses. Dutch floral art is known for its bold and contemporary character. A big difference with the traditional way of working in India.
In addition to floral art, Wellantcollege has also been sharing knowledge about fruit cultivation since 2016, as part of the PIB (Partners for International Business) program of Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The project aims to increase the level of fruit growing, especially apples, in India. This can be achieved through improved (responsible) crop protection, soil fertilization and the use of a weak rootstock.
So far, work has been done in the states of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. The project may be extended to the states of Haryana and Uttarakhand. There have been two orientation missions in which Wellantcollege shared knowledge and demonstrated various cultivation methods. Think of pruning, fruit thinning (removing part of the fruits for larger remaining fruits) and bending branches for a larger harvest.
Wellantcollege will also share its knowledge of horticulture in India in the coming years. The three-year horticulture project is financed by Netherlands Enterprise Agency and led by HollandDoor. It aims to create more interest from Indian farmers for the use of Dutch greenhouse technology and knowledge. HollandDoor and their educational partners have previously trained the staff of the Centre of Excellence for vegetables in Baramati. This has resulted in better production results: a bigger harvest, improved quality and less use of water, fertilizers and pesticides. In the coming years the experiences, knowledge and skills will be further spread in India.
More information about this project can be found on the website of HollandDoor.