A test year, is what Sil Moonen calls the current season for blueberries. "Normally we always say at the start of the Dutch season that the market will only pick up when the schools start again and everyone is back from their holiday. Now that many people are holidaying at home to a greater or lesser degree, things could turn out quite differently for us.
The demand for yellow, organic onions has been very quiet so far. But there is increasing demand from the Netherlands' neighboring countries. That is according to Jan Franje of Franje Onions. "In markets like Germany, Austria, and France, local organic onions are running out. They then buy from the Netherlands. This week we also started with the first organic red onions from Egypt."
The progress of potato planting is very difficult. "In the southwest, 50% has been planted. For East Brabant and Limburg, that share is towards two thirds," says director Wim van de Ree of potato cooperative Nedato. "The structure is just not right. Growers who can irrigate are doing so, but on heavy soil they just have to wait for the rain that is still not in sight."
At the end of November, the avocado market suddenly faced a sharp drop in prices. "No-one saw it coming. Over two weeks, prices for 4kg dropped from €18 to €7. We, therefore, really went under the bottom line," says Ruud Kester of the Dutch company, Produce IT. They cultivate avocados in Mexico and export them to the United States and Europe.
It is mainly the weather that is to blame - sometimes too hot, sometimes too wet. But the demand leaves something to be desired as well. ABC Fresh is specialized -among other things- in grapes and was wiling to comment. "It's not going as well as expected. The demand is not particularly intoxicating. That applies not only to grapes but generally one does not have yet the impression that next week is already Christmas. Some days it is all right, on others it is a real "coma".
"The Dutch broccoli market has had an extreme season. Following a summer of scarcity, the Dutch market is currently in an uncertain transitional phase. The Dutch season is coming to a close. The market is starting to switch to the Spanish season," says Peter Verschuren of Verschuren Broccoli. This company is based in Raamsdonk, the Netherlands.
The new Dutch potato season is beginning. It is expected that over two weeks, there will enough supply from the southwest of the country to start selling. The Dutch market is currently mostly being supplied by import potatoes. The old Dutch harvest is drying up. These potatoes were affected by last year's dry weather.
A total of 32 cows have taken up residence in “the world’s first” floating farm in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The cows arrived in their new home, Monday, May 13. The cows’ floating shed features: A milk robot; a slurry robot; an automatic belt feeder; and a rubber floor. There is also space ‘on board’ for education and presentations.
That the dry weather would lead to a lower harvest in the Netherlands is no surprise. The harvest estimates of the CBS (Statistics Netherlands), however, exceed previous estimates. The harvest of consumption potatoes is 24 per cent lower than in 2017, onions are expected to yield 44 per cent less, according to the figures. The sector expected a 30 to 40 per cent lower onion harvest.
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