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The Netherlands Agricultural Exposure Tour ( 6 days 7 Nights)
October 22, 2017 - October 28, 2017
Graduate Farmer in partnership with Educultural Travel have organized an agribusiness tour to The Netherlands to empower Kenyan farmers. For inquiries email us here or call us 0798857668
Day 1-Sunday 22 October
Arrival at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam and transfer by bus to a luxurious Carlton Square Hotel in Haarlem or a similar one, where a warm buffet dinner awaits. The overnight lodge shall include breakfast the following morning.
Day 2- Monday 23 October
Flower Auction in Aalsmeer
The Flora Holland flower auction in Aalsmeer takes place every weekday from 7 am to 11 am (only until 9 am on Thursday). Arriving early is advisable – preferably before 9 am (or 8 am on Thursday) – as the duration of the auctions can be shorter on certain days.
The flower auction in Aalsmeer follows the Dutch auction system – the price is set high and then drops until someone buys. If demand exceeds supply, those waiting too long for the price to drop may go home empty handed. Similarly, anyone buying too fast overpays but is at least assured of receiving the product.
The bidding process can be seen on the large screens inside the auction room. The key element is the round circle – often referred to as the clock.
A start price is set and the auctioneer drops the ball that moves down with the price dropping at the same pace – the numbers on the ring is percentage not currency. The ball stops as soon as a buyer is willing to pay the given price.
If the buyer does not take all the flowers on offer, the price continue to drop until further buyers are found. The process can repeat but ideally every offering is finished in one go. Only a few seconds are spent per auction offer.
Collaboration is the foundation on which the Harvest House cooperative stands.( A fundamental model for Kenyan farmers to learn) Not only does Harvest House have around 70 collaborating fruit and vegetable growers, but they also work with various other parties in the chain…. a company that will challenge your traditional thinking.
After this wonderful Experience, you will travel to the east of The Netherlands, near the German border to a hotel.
Day 3- Tuesday 24 October
A visit to a family farm that deals in value additions of Dairy Farming in the form of cheese and yoghurt, ice cream etc
LIV Agriculture Days Intensive Animal Husbandry Hardenberg
Is a 3 day event being held from 24th October to the 26th October 2017 at the Evenementenhal Hardenberg in Hardenberg, The Netherlands. This event showcases products like leading manufacturers, importers, trading and service companies in the industry etc. in the Agriculture & Forestry, Meat, Poultry & Seafood industries.
More than 340 exhibitors of LIV Agriculture Days Intensive Animal Husbandry Hardenberg will exhibit the latest and advanced products and services including
barn equipment, financial services, breeding, transport, feed manufacturers, air conditioning technology, solar energy, HVAC and innovative products related to agriculture and livestock industry. This expo will also include exhibitors like manufacturers, importers, trading companies, service and industry related companies.
Day 4-Wednesday 25 October
Kobe Meat Farm
Kobe beef comes the Tajima-gyu breed of cattle found in Japan’s Hyogo prefecture , of which Kobe is the capital and the meat’s namesake. Introduced as work animals in the rice cultivation industry during the 2nd Century, Tajima-gyu became isolated from other breeds in the small pockets of arable land within Japan’s mountainous landscape. Herd isolation and distinctive feeding techniques are said to have led to unique differences in taste and texture . Kobe beef is renowned for its superior flavour, tenderness and high amount of intramuscular fat, giving the meat a marbled appearance.
Its prized value must also be credited to the mysterious raring techniques said to aid the meat’s delectable flavour and texture; which are:
- The cows are given beer to induce appetite
- They are massaged daily
- Classical Music is played to them as a relaxation technique .
The cows live like Kings!!
Buffalo Farm Twente
Water buffalos (Bubalus bubalis), originally came from Asia. In Europe, they are mostly found in Italy.
Buffalo are large members of the Bovidae family. There are two types of buffalo: the African buffalo or Cape buffalo and the Asian water buffalo. They are dark gray or black animals that look a lot like bulls. The water buffalos are different from normal cows, They are strong, have shorter legs and love to lie in water and mud where they get to cool their bodies
In Holland, there are only 8 farms which rear and milk water Buffalos. The end product of this milk is Mozzarella
On this professional farm, 6 types of cheese are made, namely:
- 2 Normal Dutch cheese
- Italian Mozzarella, Caciocavallo, Primosale and Ricotta.
Commercial Milk Goat farm
The farm is completely mechanized in order to make it labour costefficient and energy efficient, by use of solar energy( Notice solar panels in a form of a goat’s head on the stable). A film and a view from the sky box will enlighten you on how the goats are reared. Value added additions will also be brought to light here.
Day 5- Thursday 26th October
A visit to Twente University- A technical University. You will get insight into sustainable technology designed for developing countries using local materials. The following will be seen and demonstrated;
- Wind mills
- Hand and treadle pumps
- Water ram and spiral pump
- Tall pump test shower
- Rainwater collection in ferro cement tanks
- EMAS well drilling
A short tour across the border to Germany where we shall have lunch .
Then Travel to the west to the camel farm
This is the only camel farm ( 40 Camels) in the Netherlands, and possibly in Europe. The farm is the sole supplier of camel milk in Europe, all the way to Australia. You will be able to learn, the whole rearing process of camels , and the value added additions which include, safaris, cheese, ice cream and skin care products among many others.
And then travel to Amsterdam hotel
Day 6-Friday 27 October
Rijks (National) Museum, Amsterdam
The Rjks museum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum is the principal national museum in Holland. It illustrates the art and history of Holland from the Middle Ages to the present. World-famous highlights from the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt van Rijn’s Night Watch and Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, can be admired at the Rijksmuseum.
The night Watch
Here , you will see the famous works of Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853–29 July 1890) and Rembrandt , the two famous Dutch Painters.
Van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. His work had a great influence on modern art because of its striking colours and emotional power. He usually painted in dark colours at this time. In March 1886, he moved to Paris and found out about the French Impressionists. Later, he moved to the south of France, and the colours in his art became brighter. His special style of art was developed and later fully grown during the time he stayed in Arles in 1888.
As for Rembrandt, In his paintings and prints he exhibited knowledge of classical iconography, which he moulded to fit the requirements of his own experience; thus, the depiction of a biblical scene was informed by Rembrandt’s knowledge of the specific text, his assimilation of classical composition, and his observations of Amsterdam’s Jewish population. Because of his empathy for the human condition, he has been called “one of the great prophets of civilization.
A tour and explanation of Diamonds processing will be done. You will see the various beautiful stones with your naked eyes . On a map you will see that Africa is the richest continent in diamonds yet the poorest- an eye opener and a trigger for thinking to our future leaders
Day 7-Saturday 28 October
A tour of Amsterdam on foot and by boat, time for shopping and debrief.
Evening flight home.
Euro 2400.00 per person all inclusive.
Minimum 15 pax, maximum 30 pax