Zentralverband Gartenbau e. V. (ZVG) takes stock:

'Even in the second year of the Corona pandemic, the industry held up well'

The German Horticultural Association (Zentralverband Gartenbau e. V. (ZVG) is taking stock, bringing out its annual report for 2021, which has now been published. The organization reports on the issues that have occupied the umbrella organization and its member associations throughout the year. Even in this second year of the Corona pandemic, the industry was able to hold its own.

"Horticultural businesses have once again successfully faced up to the Corona pandemic and the accompanying restrictions and challenges," ZVG Secretary General Bertram Fleischer emphasizes. The ZVG has resolutely championed the interests of the industry, for example, in the opening opportunities for retail outlets and economic support options from politicians.

The predominantly satisfactory business year is also reflected in the business climate index, which the ZVG surveys on a monthly basis. Nevertheless, significant cost increases in the second half of the year are clouding the business outlook. CO2 pricing has been a burden on greenhouse operations since January 1, 2021 anyway, and pending decisions on insect, climate and environmental protection will have an additional impact on horticulture as a whole.

"During the work in the Future Commission, it was particularly important to the ZVG to emphasize the necessary profitability of the companies," Fleischer continued. After all, only sufficient value creation on the market ensures the future viability of the companies and enables investments. Horticulture already stands for a regional supply of the population and promotes biodiversity in gardens and cities, including cemeteries. It also helps to mitigate the effects of climate change. On the other hand, horticultural businesses themselves are affected by climate change and need sufficient water, climate-tolerant plants and adapted plant protection options.

For more information:
Zentralverband Gartenbau e.V.
Claire-Waldoff-Straße 7
10117 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0) 30 - 20 00 65-0
Mail: info@g-net.de 
Web: www.g-net.de 

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