Magdalena's governor from Colombia visits the Netherlands
Published Sep 18, 2021
On September 2 and 3, the governor of Magdalena - Mr. Carlos Caicedo, visited the Netherlands with the aim of strengthening the ties and the bilateral agreement between the Netherlands and this department, signed in 2020. Agricultural products such as palm oil, bananas, coffee and avocados form an important part of the bilateral relationship between the Netherlands and Colombia. Many of these products that connect the Dutch (and European) market – via the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam – with Colombia are either grown in Magdalena or exported through the port of Santa Marta, its capital city.
The governor held meetings with the Netherlands Business Agency (Internationaal Ondernemen - RVO, the Ministry of Water and Infrastructure (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) and the company Deltares on the projects under the theme of "Water for Agriculture" that are being executed in the region with funding from the RVO Agency's #PartnersForWater program.Agriculture being the main water user frames a different dimension/perspective of problems related to water.For this reason, recently an holistic collaboration with Dutch-Colombian consortia began in the Magdalena department aiming at making agricultural production more circular by: a) introducing efficient irrigation water techniques for oil palm cultivation, led by the company Delphy; b) introducing aquifer storage and recovery techniques for banana and plantain production, led by Deltares; and c) enhancing water governance between banana, coffee and palm oil producers through support to the Water Stewardship ...