In Belgium, the last storage carrots are being grubbed this week. And, according to Jan Deconinck of Denys Carrots, this year's yield is a little lower than usual. "I estimate we've dug up about ten percent less per hectare. Nevertheless, the product's beautiful. The quality's good and the carrots aren't too large. The large carrots go mainly to the hospitality industry. But that's closed now. So, it's difficult to get rid of these."
“There's less demand for carrots for the time of year. Sales are a bit difficult with average prices. This year's sales have been full of peaks and troughs. You can't foresee what's going to happen tomorrow, never mind next week. No-one knows how long we'll still have to deal with this virus. Or how some clients will come through this crisis."
Although Africa is currently demanding carrots, Denys Carrots is exporting very little. "There's less product this year. That's true for fellow Dutch and French growers too. We want first to serve our clients. That's before we send large volumes to Africa. The lower volumes mean the market will eventually improve. We're looking forward to better times, where everything's back to normal," concludes Jan.
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