In 2018, the acreage of certified On the way to PlanetProof cultivation has strongly increased up to 25.000 hectare. Almost 700 growers and trading companies are holders of the certificate. SMK expected this growth; in 2019 a further increase is foreseen.
The strongest growth was seen in the open-field cultivation of potatoes, vegetables, fruit and barley with 147% up to 21.533 hectare in the Netherlands and abroad. Protected cultivation grew to almost 1.135 hectare, and ornamental horticulture to 1.737 hectare. In 2018 the ornamental horticulture under glass, for the first time in years, grew to 6 companies and 50 hectare.
Table 1: growth per cultivation type
Table 2: growth number of companies
*As of 2017 trading companies are listed separately
Table 3: cultivation region