Dutch onion exports up by 20 percent

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The Netherlands has seen its onion exports grow by 20 percent over the last four years. Over the same period, the surface used to grow onions went up by 11 percent.

The onion harvest grew from one billion kilos in 2006 to 1.3 billion kilos in 2010, a Dutch farming group reports. Last year’s onion export stood at 1.2 billion kilos. Holland’s main export markets are Russia, Britain, Germany Senegal and Ivory Coast.

The Netherlands was the world’s biggest onion exporter until 2007, when it was overtaken by India, whose export is now far bigger. But the Netherlands remains well ahead of China, its nearest competitor. Its main rival in the onion business in Europe is Spain.

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