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ToLCNDV virus causes problems, but it also offers opportunities

In Spain and Italy the Tomato Leaf Curl New Dehli virus causes cultivation problems which led to the rise of prices of courgettes.

In different areas in Spain and Italy, where the majority of the European courgettes are grown, the ToLCNDV virus is still present – despite the measures so far. This virus not only influences the production, but also the price of courgettes: it is expected that the prices will stay at this level for some time. Next to this problem, the warm weather in Europe did have a significant impact on the supply and demand of the courgettes.

Difficult to eradicate
The ToLCNDV virus was first found last summer. Already in October the Ministry of Agriculture announced that the virus was widely dispersed amongst the courgettes, largely due to the Bemisia whitefly. Because Bemisia was controlled with chemicals, it became resistant to nearly all chemical pest controls. The solution of this problem should be sought in prevention and biological control. All infected greenhouses should be sealed to build a good population of natural enemies.

Despite these difficulties, in Spain and Italy the acreage of courgettes under glass in the Benelux is relatively stable. Last season the prices were higher, mainly because of the shortages in Europe.

This situation offers opportunities for the courgette growers in the Benelux. De Ruiter offers them two highly successful varieties for the growth under glass: Bengal and Taxi. Bengal guarantees a high yield of an excellent quality as well as an excellent keepability. Taxi is a yellow courgette; it gives a high yield of beautiful, gold yellow shiny courgettes. This variety is often used as a pollinator for the Bengal. Gold Rush is also still available. This variety is suitable for the cooler growing regions.

Bengal, the successful courgette of De Ruiter

For more information:
De Ruiter
Peter Custer 
Accountmanager courgette