Corona crisis: country updates30 March 2020
Royal FloraHolland keeps a close eye on developments related to the Coronavirus in order to keep our (member) suppliers, buyers, employees and visitors to our locations safe and healthy. In addition, we inform you about the consequences of the corona virus on the Dutch and international horticultural market. This has been supplemented with news from our own sources, colleagues of Royal FloraHolland.
Update 30 March 2020
In this article you will find an update from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), who are involved in the crisis measures surrounding the Coronavirus and informs Royal FloraHolland about the impact of the virus on the export market.
The COVID-19 state of emergency in Bulgaria has been extended until 12 April. The Bulgarian border authorities reported 3,000 incoming trucks in the past 24 hours, of which 1,200 were on their way to Kapitan Andreevo on the Turkish border. A former airport on the spot has been equipped with lighting, sanitary facilities and kiosks.
Colombian exports of flowers to the US and Canada have decreased: an estimated 80% less volume. Mainly decreases with customers in California, New York and Washington. The American market for Colombia is mainly focused on supermarkets with a share of at least 60% in this segment. Exports to Europe have completely stopped, especially to markets such as Italy, Spain and France. Orders are still coming in from Russia. In Asia, China and Japan order in small volumes
Many growers have decided to stop their export activities from March 23rd for at least 20 days until the situation is clearer. During this period, growers will only use the necessary workers to keep the plants and greenhouses in good condition. Other growers will keep their nurseries partially open and process flowers to order, so there will be no flowers going to the open market.
According to initial reports, turnover in floriculture has decreased by approximately 40%. Consumers are urged to continue buying flowers. Foreign workers (slaughterhouses, horticulture, agriculture) were not called upon to go into quarantine for 14 days after leave on their return to Denmark. This will probably now be enforced.
The export of flowers from Ecuador mainly concentrates on the wholesale and florist segments. These have almost completely stopped importing.
All borders are closed with the exception of food, supplies and
medicines. There are more and more rumors of a complete lockdown.
In a lockdown, the exporting horticultural sector is considered
essential. This means that transport of workers and products
The government has taken a number of supportive economic measures, such as abolishing the minimum price set by the National Bank for flowers for export.
The five main foreign markets (Germany, Romania, Italy, Austria and Poland) bought 52.7% of total Hungarian agricultural exports last year. So the crisis in these countries will have a major impact on Hungarian agriculture. Hungarian ornamental plant cultivation has also been hit hard. The demand for flowers fell by 80 to 90%; 85% of all flower shops in the country are already closed indefinitely.
The Kenya Flower Council is working on obtaining permission for grower transport to also be allowed to drive during the curfew (19.00 - 5.00 hours).
The Norwegian ornamental horticulture sector has been severely hit at a time with normally high sales for the garden, before Easter and the national day on 17 May. The trend, which emphasizes buying local products (and which always sounds loud in Sweden as well) has gained extra energy with the corona crisis.
There are additional rules for retail: these are closed on Sundays, have a senior citizens' opening in the morning at 3 a.m. and are obliged to measure the temperature of customers.
Spain has imposed new restrictive measures on the movement of persons. It forces staff who are not involved in essential/essential work to stay at home. It seems that horticulture and transport are exempted from this measure because they are considered by the public authorities to be indispensable/essential. This means that flowers and plants can still be exported.
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