The spring onion season should start in a couple of months, but at the moment Egyptian growers are already preparing for the season. Cultivation is already ongoing, but one exporter is also in the process of updating its certification and getting the warehouse ready for the return of the workers, who need to be able to socially distance to prevent new covid-cases.
It’s still a while off before the Egyptian spring onion season begins, but according to May Yassin, export manager for Stars of Exports, preparations for the spring onion season are in full swing: “As the spring onion season has not yet started, we’re currently in the process of following up our cultivations, creating contracts with our clients and planning for the season overall. Things like updating our certification as well as preparing our warehouse are tasks that need to be done before the season begins. This way we can welcome our employees and workers on the line while being as safe from any Covid-related risks that we can be.”
There’s still a lot of uncertainty when it comes to the volumes this year, but clients are hoping for an increase in production after seeing the shortages that were present last year, Yassin explains: “As there was a significant shortage for spring onions last year, our clients expect that there will be larger volumes available this season. However, it’s too hard to predict what the volumes will actually be like, as both weather conditions as well as the Covid-situation prevent us from having any accurate predictions this season. We did increase our production a little bit, but we couldn’t increase it too much as the pandemic still limits us in our potential work flow. However, we would always opt for increasing volumes at a slower level to ensure the quality maintains the same or reaches an even higher level than our clients are accustomed to.”