Hundreds of Dutch flower firms to close: company

14th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

The harsh winter and ongoing economic crisis may force as many as 300 companies to shut down, warns a leading exporter.

The Hague – Hundreds of Dutch flower companies face closure this year due to the economic crisis combined with a harsh winter, a leading exporter warned on Wednesday.

"For 2009, we estimate that five to six percent of horticulturalists, about 200 to 300 companies, are going to stop," said Adrienne Lansbergen, a spokeswoman for FloraHolland, which groups 5,000 sellers of horticultural products.

"Exports to countries such as Britain, Russia and Poland fell sharply in the first quarter this year and horticulturalists are seeing the effect on their takings and on their performance," she told AFP.

The Netherlands is the biggest exporter of flowers and plants in the world and recession-hit Britain is its biggest single market.

Lansbergen said flower production was down by 4.1 percent in the first quarter of 2009 while fewer flowers had grown also due to a harsh winter.

AFP / Expatica

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