Reference News Network reported on April 16 that the German "Der Spiegel" weekly website published a report entitled "Destroying 140 million tulips in the Netherlands" on April 13th, saying that the global new crown pneumonia crisis has severely hit the flower trade, especially in the Netherlands About 400 million flowers have been destroyed last month, including 140 million tulips. The Dutch Agriculture and Horticulture Organization estimates that the new crown pneumonia crisis caused a total loss of 5 billion euros to the Dutch flower market. The report is compiled as follows:
The tulip season is short, but the profits are huge: in the eight weeks from March to May each year, Dutch flower dealers can account for more than half of the year's sales. First, International Women ’s Day, then Easter, and Mother ’s Day – the single-day transaction volume can surge to 20 million euros, or even 30 million euros.
This was a common situation in the past, and now the global new pneumonia crisis has severely hit the flower trade. The Netherlands has banned public events of any size before June. France also took severe measures, and Parisians were not even allowed to go out for jogging during the day.
Mihail van Schee of Royal Dutch Flower Auction Company said: "If birthday parties, weddings and other celebrations are gone, no one will need a lot of flowers." Normally, as the largest producer of flowers and green plants in the Netherlands The association, Royal Dutch Flower Auction Company has annual sales of 12 billion flowers and green plants.
But now everything is different. According to the company's manager Fred Vantor, about 400 million flowers were destroyed last month, including 140 million tulips. The Dutch Agriculture and Horticulture Organization estimates that the new crown pneumonia crisis caused a total loss of 5 billion euros to the Dutch flower market.
Temporarily canceling the harvest of tulips is impossible: the bulbs were planted a year ago, and then transplanted into the greenhouse until full bloom in spring. But now, these tulips will be shredded and turned into compost in biogas digesters.
About 7 million tulip bulbs have been planted in the famous tulip garden Keukenhof in the Netherlands. The news that the park will remain closed this year will not only shock the garden. Park principal Bart Simerlink told the media: "After knowing that the door cannot be opened, 1300 seasonal workers must also be notified. The park is now unable to provide them with job opportunities." According to Simerlink, the average park During the flower season, the number of tourists received is about 1.5 million, and the sales are about 22 million euros. The park initially postponed the opening of the park until the beginning of April. Simerlink said, but in the end "we have to realize" that the park will not open at all this year.
Nevertheless, visitors who are unable to visit can still enjoy flowers online. Keukenhof Park regularly publishes videos and photos on the official website.
Compared with other countries, the Netherlands has taken more lenient measures to combat new coronary pneumonia. The country has neither restricted travel as France and Spain nor implemented a comprehensive social ban like Germany. Although schools and restaurants are closed, most shops can continue to operate.
Florist can also continue to operate. However, the Dutch are currently concentrated on buying food and toilet paper-florist sales fell sharply.