Fruit growers of the area of Limburg (Flanders) have started a petition to denounce the bad economic situation of their companies. The Limburg fruit growers are suffering greatly from the consequences of the Russian embargo because they have lost their most important sales market. In the meantime, efforts have been made to open new markets, but they do not compensate for the loss of the Russian market. In addition, the Limburg fruit growers are looking at very low sales prices for their apples and pears. At the same time, they are seeing considerable investments in Polish fruit growing, particularly in the apple species Pink Lady, with European subsidies representing a thorn in the eye. In the petition it is said that
“Europe has massively supported the production of apples in Poland, which has destabilised the European market”. They therefore ask the EU to find a solution to restore the market balance.