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Where it began

After the First World War it became evident that food production in the Netherlands was insufficient. The Ijsselmeer polder on the seabed of the Zuiderzee was to provide the solution to the problem with its large tracts of fertile agricultural land. The last dyke around the Noordoostpolder was completed in 1940. Reclamation could begin. In 1942, the new land was born and, since 1947, all kinds of products have been grown there, such as the potato.

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The Municipality of the Noordoostpolder (Gemeente Noordoostpolder)

Emmeloord became the centre of the Noordoostpolder, surrounded by a chain of ten villages. Cycling between each village and Emmeloord was not to take longer than an hour. In 1962, the municipality of the Noordoostpolder was established. As much new land as possible was intended for agricultural use.

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Joining forces

On 2 April 1973, the cooperative association Agrico was established in Emmeloord. Three organisations worked together in this: de Groninger Pootaardappel- en Zaaizaadbureau PZVB(the Groningen Seed Potato and Seed Agency), de Cooperatie Drentse Telersvereniging G.A. DTV(the Cooperative Cultivators Association of Drenthe) and the Cooperatieve Producenten en Handelsvereniging voor Akkerbouwgewassen G.A. Zuiderzee polders (the Cooperative Producers and Traders Association for Arable Crops G.A. Zuiderzee polders). This resulted in success. The relationship between costs and turnover soon became healthier and the cultivation of varieties more and more successful. Agrico is still one of the largest trading houses in the polder with a worldwide sales market. Together with other trading houses it has helped to ensure that Emmeloord's name is synonymous with knowledge and quality.

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Across to a new province

From 1962, the Noordoostpolder was temporarily part of the province of Overijssel, but on 1 January 1986 it transferred to the new province of Flevoland. Urk, Dronten, Lelystad, Almere and Zeewolde were also incorporated into the youngest province of the Netherlands. Flevoland is classified as one of the most productive agricultural areas in the Netherlands. The crop yield here is equal to or higher than that in other parts of the country.

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Establishment Agrofood Cluster

Flevoland is one of the top agricultural areas in Europe and the Noordoostpolder is largely the reason for this. In 1947, the pioneers in the Noordoostpolder started with the cultivation of crops. Starting from scratch, they took the lead with their knowledge, guts and determination. In order to hold on to this leading position a number of interested parties set up the Agrofood Cluster in 2014. As a result of organising this cluster, a solid group has emerged which can make its voice heard both nationally and internationally. Its ambition is to attract more partners who would like to work together in holding on to this leading position and expanding upon it.