Dutch farmers hope for future blooms despite flower market crash
Dutch flower growers are anticipating next year’s harvest, as business is weakening this year due to COVID-19.
Munster Flowers, run by Sandra Munster and her husband, sells 12 million flowers or bulbs a year, with April and May usually being high season for their flower-loving customers.
But this year millions of flowers have been destroyed as the flower market selling cut flowers, as well as the bulb market for those who want to beautify their gardens, have collapsed.
“His [had] a big impact on our business, firstly the price of cut flowers dropped tremendously in mid-March… On top of that, I do guided tours of my greenhouses and tulip fields – and the tourism sucks,” Munster told CGTN Europe.
The tulip grower estimated nearly $500,000 would be lost during the pandemic.
The north and west of the Netherlands are dominated by colorful fields where tulips and other flowers grow. More than half of the flowers sold in all florists in the world come from this region.
The Dutch government therefore stepped in and provided financial assistance to the sector. Nearly $650 million will be set aside for the Dutch agricultural sector by the Amsterdam government amid the crisis.
“We stand and…look ahead,” Munster told CGTN Europe, “Next spring the flowers are sure to bloom again.”