“International growers will also opt for potatoes and grain in greater numbers”

On the Waterman Onions site, Wim Waterman gives a short update on what strikes him in the market. This week’s outlook is for the last three months of the season. “I don’t see the global demand for onions declining any time soon. The market prices are also excellent globally.” Demand within Europe will also improve, according to Wim. “Now that sufficiently fewer qualities of onions have been cleared to alternative destinations such as Poland, the quality of the remaining batches is reasonably good. It is estimated that fewer onions will be imported from popular countries such as Egypt and New Zealand, which means that there will be more room on the world market for the Dutch onion.”

While there was talk of a surplus at the beginning of the season, we can say that we can easily get rid of all onions in the Netherlands, according to Wim. “Only the logistical problems continue to hinder us and given the latest developments in Ukraine, the flow of goods is indirectly affected.”

Area shrinkage
According to Wim, the expected area shrinkage for the 2022/2023 season will result in less pressure on the market. “I also expect international growers to opt for potatoes and grain in greater numbers because of the upward pressure on the price of these products due to the tensions on the world market. This will probably result in less interest in onion cultivation.” Whether this will also lead to a price increase in the coming season is still difficult to predict. “In terms of prices, we are completely dependent on transport prices; if these will rise even further, this means that the market price will rise even further and that will not end up with the grower or with us.”

Certified cultivation
Wim does have some advice for growers who will be growing onions in the coming season: “The demand for certified cultivation continues to increase, both in Europe and worldwide. You see that certificates such as Planet Proof and GlobalGAP are increasingly becoming a requirement from Retail. As a grower, do you want to expand your sales markets? Then I would recommend that you take a smart look at the required certificates. With uncertified onions, you are at the mercy of the bulk market and we see this year that this is making sales and pricing more difficult for growers.”

All in all, Wim sees sufficient prospects for the end of the current and the coming season. But with a black edge.

For more information:
Wim Waterman
Aquarius Onions
Hannie Schaftweg 12
8304 AR Emmeloord
+31 (0)527 617 496

Source: Aquarius Onions

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