Sophie Reyntes receives the cheque from BelOrta-directors Chris De Pooter and Filip Fontaine
Unfortunately the record turnover doesn't mean that all fruit and vegetable growers had a good year. The price formation of different products was substandard and left the growers concerned. The import embargo in Russia continues to weigh on the fruit market and on various vegetables. Our proud winter vegetables such as chicory, leek or turnips have also being doing less that normal in recent months, albeit due to consumption lacking in the unusually warm weather. Lettuce in all its shapes and sizes is dealing with bad prices due to the mild weather, as the cultivation of lettuce in open air is able to continue for an usually long time everywhere in Europe.
There were no large celebrations for the record turnover. The price formation of fruit and vegetables doesn't warrant it. But BelOrta does want its turnover to give resonance to those struggling in this Christmas time. In the framework of "The Warmest Week' by Music For Life, the growers of BelOrta are therefore donating 4,000 Euro to Bednet, a charity which gives children with long term illnesses the opportunity to follow the lessen live from home through a webcam.