Poor harvest drives up vegetable prices
22 August 2006, BRUSSELS — The price of vegetables in shops has sharply increased in recent weeks due to a disappointing harvest.
22 August 2006
BRUSSELS — The price of vegetables in shops has sharply increased in recent weeks due to a disappointing harvest.
The disappointing Belgian harvest has been blamed on the unusual summer weather, news service VRT reported on Tuesday.
The heat of July and the heavy rainfalls of August have led to a higher price for vegetables in supermarkets.
Open-air farmers in West Flanders have particularly had a tough summer .
The extreme weather has led to a 30 percent fall in the harvest, which has in turn led to the increased prices.
The price rises will help farmers minimise the damage.
But higher prices will not help contract cultivators, who are forced to sell their vegetables at a fixed price. They will probably record a loss.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news