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"Wim Moerdijk: "Demand down, especially in Africa"

Netherlands: Onion prices down

The onion market has not been doing so well lately, in spite of a brief surge in the preceding weeks. "It's lukewarm to say the least," says Wim Moerdijk of packer/processing company Monie from Nieuwdorp, Holland. He blames low demand and a surplus of processing capacity. 

"The major festivities in Africa are over, so export is down, it's as simple as that. We used to ship about 6,000 tons per week, that's more than we do now. And the minute your buyers find out the price is down, they sit back and watch it go down even further."

"The only market that is doing anything is the red onion," says Wim. "Quality is good now, but we have to stay vigilant. All we can hope for is some decent weather, so the harvest can continue. I hear of places where 60% is still in the ground!"

For more information:
Monie Nieuwdorp B.V.
Hertenweg 61
4455 TK Nieuwdorp
Tel: 0031 113 61 28 45
Fax: 0031 113 61 23 87

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