The German horticulture industry is going on the offensive to fight back against economic conditions that growers feel are penalising them.
That was the message from president Karl Zwermann of the Central Association of Horticulture at the IPM international exhibition in Essen in Germany last week.
He said the German industry needed a strong, leading exhibition to give positive economic signals, “particularly when the political stage in Berlin has new productions nearly every day — usually tax rises and rising costs”.
“Again and again, small and medium-sized businesses are hit, and with them the heart of German horticulture. Competition from neighbouring countries is getting stronger and stronger. Our German suppliers are losing price battles more and more often.
“We must take our own chances and possibilities even more intensively,” Zwermann said.
Not surprisingly, German minister for consumer protection, food & agriculture Renate Künast took a different view. Writing in the exhibition programme, she said: “The economic situation continues to be characterised by widespread purchasing restraint. So the federal government’s tax reduction policy, is creating the basis to ensure that private demand can rise again.”
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