Ukrainian unrest threatens greenhouse operations Galicia Greenery

Dutch entrepreneurs are looking suspiciously at the increasing tension in Ukraine. Radio 1 is visiting Jack Groenewegen of tomato nursery Groenewegen. The company exports to Ukraine and Russia, and is involved in Galicia Greenery.

About 15 percent of the tomatoes produced by Groenewegen is destined for the Russian market. An economic boycott would have a significant impact on the company. Groenewegen compares the situation with a potential EHEC crisis, also leading to a closed Russian border.

Dirk Aleven, building greenhouses in the Ukraine, is equally worried: “We started with the construction of greenhouses in October. There were no delays or problems initially, but now the investors are getting anxious. The upside for local production is that import will be more expensive. The disadvantage is that it’s bad for Dutch export. Moreover, Dutch investors are cautious and prefer to wait and see.


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