More Dutch growers planning to expand, study shows

The greenhouse survey 'Nederlandse GlastuinbouwScanner 2016' that AgriDirect performs annually by telephone with about 1800 Dutch greenhouse growers answered questions about their future and investment plans.

Some 9.9% of the Dutch greenhouse growers has plans to expand operations. The percentage in 2014 was 7.7%. Greenhouse vegetable growers want to expand most (14%). The least expansion plans was among perennial growers (3.5%).

But 8.5% of the Dutch greenhouse growers has plans to cease or reduce operations. This was 9.1% in 2015. Perennial growers have the most termination plans (12.3%). The percentage is lowest among greenhouse vegetable growers (6.2%).

Some 20.7% of greenhouse companies (with a farmer of 50 years or older) have a successor ready to take over.
Wim van den Boomen, chairman horticulture at ZLTO: "The industry is more positive than a couple of years ago. Some greenhouse growers probably already had the expansion plans but delayed them in view of the state of the industry.
"Greenhouse operators are gaining more confidence and are start to invest again. There have always been ups and downs in the industry, but the recent difficult period lamentably took a bit longer. But the fact that greenhouse growers are again willing to invest is a good sign that we’re back on track."
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