Europe’s prolonged drought has caused the biggest crisis to its vegetable sector in over 40 years, according to the European Association of Fruit and Vegetable Processors (PROFEL).
“With the hot and dry weather continuing throughout July across most parts of the continent, vegetables have continued to suffer and crop yields have fallen sharply. Today the situation for vegetable growers and processors is the most serious that has been experienced in the last forty years,” PROFEL said in a statement.
The EU countries most affected by the drought are France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine.
Significant reductions of up to 50% in yields for peas and beans are just one of the reports coming in.
“In certain production regions in the South of Europe, the first harvest of beans has also been affected by heavy storms (floods and hail). For onions losses are reported between 15% and 50%; courgettes and spinach are also affected. In many regions the sowing of second crops such as spinach, beans or cauliflower is simply not possible due to the drought,” PROFEL said.
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