#DutchInUA: Farmers from the Netherlands share experience of doing business in Ukraine #DutchInUA:
The annual International exhibition of the innovative solutions in grain business Grain Tech Expo 2016 took place in Kyiv this February. During a three-day event producers and dealers of the agricultural crops, machinery and related products had a chance to connect and lay ground for future cooperation. The Dutch farmers had a separate area at the exhibition pavilion. They shared their experience of doing business in Ukraine.
IR. J.H. (René) Kremers, Difco International: "So we have the knowledge in agriculture, which we can apply here on a big territory. So for us as a Dutch famer, because I'm a son of a Dutch farmer, Ukraine is like a dream – you have so much very fertile land and you can so much improve the production and you can make really big steps forward."
Mr. Kremers moved to Ukraine about 20 years ago. Kremers says even though he's experienced a lot of turbulence together with the country, he doesn't regret his decision. Neither does another businessman from the Netherlands. Allard Eggink is a successful entrepreneur who sells innovative crops to Ukrainian farmers.
Allard Eggink, Commercial Director Ruminants Nuscience CHV Korm: "Ukraine has a lot of opportunities, especially in cattle and agriculture. It's a big country, with a lot of land, a lot of opportunities. It's a growing market, it's a growing business here. If I'm looking at the moment backwards to the development of myself, of our company, then it was really the best chance in life that I had so far."
The businessmen believe the future cooperation between the Netherlands and Ukraine has big potential and the association agreement between Ukraine and the EU would benefit both parties:
IR. J.H. (René) Kremers, Difco International: "We are the number two exporter of agricultural products in the world. So we need agreements with a lot of countries to do free trade and that there is not bureaucracy that there are no barriers, that there is free trade and everyone can do easily business."
Allard Eggink, Commercial Director Ruminants Nuscience CHV Korm: "To tighten their bonds and their businesses and if Europe can make easier business in Ukraine, Ukrainians can make easier business in Europe and it will benefit for all – after all business is the engine of economy."
Looks like the Dutch businessmen realize the association agreement between Ukraine and the EU will be beneficial not just to Ukraine, but also to the Netherlands. Back at home, agriculture is an important part of the Dutch economy, and this agreement will open yet another market for exporting agricultural technology from the Netherlands.
This is Volodymyr Solohub and Pavlo Bondarenko reporting from Kyiv for Ukraine Today