"Whereas we normally have glass strawberries in Belgium from January until the end of May, beginning of June, now it will only be from somewhere in mid or late April until June." This is the expectation strawberry grower Frank Rooijen expresses to VRT.
There is no question of growing fewer strawberries, as all the planting material has been ordered. And this creates a new problem. In January, February, and March, no strawberries will be ripe yet because there will be no heating, but they will arrive in April, May, and June. So in the high season, there will be overproduction, which means there is a risk that prices will collapse and growers will therefore suffer again, VRT writes. Grower Frank says that "the big difficulty is planning." The season will be shortened from 12 to 7 to 8 months, despite greenhouses allowing year-round cultivation.