Vegetable imports in Slovakia increase, domestic product left to rot

Onion, cabbage, and potatoes are the traditional crops grown in the Slovak fields, but they do not necessarily make it onto the shelves of stores in Slovakia. The inventory is huge, but there is a real risk that Slovak vegetables will be rotting in warehouses and fields. This is because retail chains more often offer the products from abroad, which has been confirmed by recent figures. In the first six months of 2019, Slovakia imported 31.5 percent more vegetables compared to the same period last year. Retail chains respond by saying the reliability of supply is important for large businesses, and smaller farmers are not always able to ensure it. Besides, an important factor for consumers is not only quality or origin but also price, the retailers added.

For more information: 
Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
Tel: +31 (0)70 379 8911
Email: agroberichtenbuitenland@minlnv.nl
www.agroberichtenbuitenland.nl


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