Nieuws - 1 januari 1970



The Dutch economy is not doing well at the moment, and this has an effect
on the job market.

Wageningen graduates are starting to feel the pinch as well. The Centre for
Work and Income registered 29,000 new job seekers in January, over two and
half times as many as a month earlier. Although unemployment among
university graduates is not rising as fast as among groups with lower
levels of education, the outlook is sombre, and applying for jobs is
becoming increasingly frustrating. During a recession most employers only
take on people who not only have the qualifications, but who already have
some experience, something most recent graduates have not yet earned. The
KLV Professional Match office notices that it is running more training
sessions to help graduates in applying for jobs.

African flower business

Labour costs in East Africa for growing flowers are a fraction of those in
the Netherlands.

A farm worker in Holland earns 160 euros a day, in Tanzania one dollar and
in Kenya two dollars. This gives countries like Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
an important competitive advantage over Dutch flower growers. The
Netherlands should be concentrating more on selling its expertise,
according to a recent study tour made by representatives from the
ornamentals sector organised by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture. Jo
Wijnands of the Agricultural Economics Research Institute was on the trip
and believes that roses and chrysanthemums are types of flowers which will
do well in East Africa. The sector is already well professionalised in
Kenya, but lack of investment is hampering development in Tanzania. As far
as Wijnands is concerned the days of flower cultivation in the Netherlands
are numbered, and the growers here should specialise in capital-intensive
types and also supplying expertise to emerging businesses in East Africa.