The Dutch onion exporters have arrived at the final stages of the storage onions season. However, there is no question of sky-high demand. "We are all a little to blame for this. Everyone started outbidding each other at the farmer fearing that the onions would run out. As a result, prices rose and we played ourselves," says Maarten van Damme of Dacomex .
"Otherwise, I believe, we would have been able to continue exporting to Africa and other destinations, but as it was we became too expensive for many destinations and the demand has fallen on all sides. Africa, for example, now also has local alternatives," continues Maarten. "There is still some freight leaving within Europe, but now the onions are running out. We will process the last old onions ourselves next week, then we will take it easy for a week and then we will already be in the first week of July with new sowing onions. "
According to the exporter, giving a preview of the new season is difficult. "The supply at the farm will be decisive. It will not be a top year anymore, we have had too much drought for that. But the rain that fell last week - especially in the well-known onion growing areas - has just come in time. If the showers had come a week later, it would have been too late. Now the onions generally look reasonable. The sowing onions are still very thin, but it is still early and a lot can still happen! "