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Hans van Luijk, Van Nature

Netherlands: It's going to be a good season for many cucumber growers

A limited supply and good demand results in high prices on the cucumber market, "If this continues, it's going to be a great season for many growers," says Hans van Luijk from Van Nature. "It seems that the prices will remain long enough so that everyone can benefit."

Last week on the cucumber market prices above one euro were reached. This week started with 80 cents. All in all good prices, says Hans van Luijk, "Demand is good and supply is limited. Not only are the day prices increasing, but the week prices are also doing well." Van Luijk expects the prices to remain good, "Not as crazy as they have been, but we still have a few good weeks."

Limited supply
Dutch acreage has shrunk this year, and currently the crop is on a rotation process - which results in limited supply. That is why it was expected that the end of summer would mean good news for cucumber growers. According to Van Luijk, the fact that the prices rose so early in the season was not predicted. It has to do with international competition and especially with the heat in Europe, "Due to the warmth, the Spanish summer cultivation was a fiasco. A normal summer there usually means a few weeks of considerable heat. It's not easy then to grow quality products," says Van Luijk. Other local production areas have also had problems due to the heat, "There is less being produced, and sometimes nothing being produced at all." The prices are therefore not only good, but expected to remain at this level.

Does the Russian boycott play a role in this? Of course it does, "But it is covered by other calamities," says Van Luijk and he soberly adds: "In horticulture you have to deal with problems in other growing regions. If everyone is producing and exporting abundantly, it is not easy. Now everyone is too short and we are the only exporting country."
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