The Belgian onion season is going positively. “We cannot complain,” says Frans Cool of Cool Paul company. “The corona pandemic has not resulted in fewer onions being eaten. The market is actually normal for this time of year. Prices, on the other hand, are at a higher level than normal and there may still be an increase, because a lot of onions have already been sold. ”
“We harvested fewer tonnes due to the drought last summer. The downside of growing onions in Belgium is that it is almost impossible to irrigate, which has consequences for the size. Another disadvantage is that many of the fields in Belgium are sloped, which makes the spraying against sprouting less successful. The batches have less head rot and mold, but the onions sprouting can cause some problems,” says Frans.
“Nevertheless, the market is good this year. Good prices, good demand and a lot of onions have already been sold. Normally we can deliver Belgian onions until the end of May, but this year we will probably have to rely on Dutch onions earlier to meet the demand,” Frans concludes.