The Covid pandemic has negatively impacted tomato producers on Crete, as demand for their product has plunged. The unseasonably warm April weather has meant that tomatoes, of which Crete is the top producer in Greece, ripened earlier. But with restaurants only open for delivery and hotels still empty, growers have had great difficulty finding buyers. According to them, the drop in wedding feasts has made matters worse.
According to ekathimerini.com¸ a middleman who buys from farmers to sell to retailers said he could move only 5% of the produce he had bought. As a result, tomatoes are being thrown away or used for animal feed.