“The Belgian asparagus market is picking up again. It was at its lowest point last week. The tray-price was about €2. On Wednesday, this was €8. On Friday, prices rose to €13 for a tray. For growers, this is an excellent price," says ORCA's Roel De Winter. “These good prices are thanks to excellent demand. Due to the cold nights, the supply is also meager. We are expecting supply to increase in the middle of this week."
There are rumblings of labor shortages in the asparagus sector. At ORCA, supply is, however, progressing well. "We have a continuous supply, so we can continue supplying our clients. This year's asparagus' quality is, however, somewhat poorer. The cold nights delay their growth. This affects their appearance and quality. I expect the high demand to continue this week. But next week will be a little quieter."
“As with asparagus, people are paying well for chicory too. Full soil chicory is going for around €5 to €6. For hydro chicory, prices are at €2 - €3. These are great prices for this time of year. We are usually a bit quiet now when it comes to chicory. But demand is still excellent. That translates into good prices for farmers. These are strange times. We are, however, fortunately, still being somewhat spared. We prepared well, and our workers are healthy. It is great that we can keep going," concludes Roel.