group abandons new construction project

No Migros greenhouse in Valais after all

Migros had planned a mega greenhouse in Lower Valais. Now the company has abandoned the construction. Migros planned to have a total of 20 greenhouse hectares in Collombey-Muraz VS, thereby competing with vegetable growers. Now the plans are off the table, as the retailer told Swiss Radio and Television (SRF).

According to Migros media spokesman Tristan Cerf, the project has been re-evaluated and it was decided that neither the population nor the various organizations received the plans well. "We decided to stop now, when it still makes sense," said Tristan Cerf.

With its own greenhouse in Collombey-Muraz, Migros wanted to grow peppers, among other things. The reasons for this are not understood by the Association of Swiss Vegetable Producers. 

"Domestic production is not subject to import or export taxes and cannot keep up with European competition prices", as the Association tells Swiss vegetable producers in a statement. "Migros also seems to have recognized this problem, now wanting to grow tomatoes and cucumbers in addition to hot peppers." 

According to the association, Migros would become a competitor for domestic producers. "In view of the high spatial planning requirements, it is surprising that Migros received the permit for the construction of the greenhouse", they said. The Association also regretted that no cooperation between the retailer and the Swiss gardeners took place when the project was launched.

Source: SRF 

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