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Flemish vegetable exports to EU decline in 2018


Flemish fresh vegetable exports to the EU have struggled to get going during the first months of 2018. According to a report by the REO, the cause of the region’s woes appears to stem from a shortfall in production of leek, cauliflower, celeriac and leaf crops in 2016, with the resulting high prices driving an expansion, particularly in leek area, in the 2017-2018 season. This expansion combined with good growing conditions subsequently led to high productions and surpluses that have caused an imbalance in the market.