HAK Grows Chickpeas in The Netherlands

Kidney beans and chickpeas normally grow especially well in the United States and Canada. According to HAK, the beans generally do not thrive in the Dutch maritime climate, but an initial trial in 2018 was very successful and will therefore continue this year. Due to the warm and dry summer, approximately 3,500 kilos of chickpeas per hectare were harvested. According to HAK, this is 15 percent higher than the normal yield per hectare. HAK is still learning and is not sure yet how the plant will react to more moisture or lower temperatures, something the chickpea is very sensitive to. In Zeeland province, growers of HAK have also been growing kidney beans for a few years now. As much local cultivation as possible is one of the pillars of HAK’s sustainability approach.

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