According to the results of 2012, the number of companies in the cultivated mushrooms in the Netherlands decreased by 29 companies compared to 2011, which represents an 18 percent decrease in the number of mushroom farms. Only 131 companies involved in the production of mushrooms entered the new 2013, the Umdis news agency reports.
The general tendency to reduce the number of mushroom producers has been observed in the country since the beginning of the 2000s, when there were 546 mushroom farms in the country. Since then, according to the Netherlands Statistics Office, their number has already fallen by 70 percent.
In addition, the total greenhouse area is reduced from year to year. Over the past year, it decreased by 5 percent and now amounts to 665 thousand square meters. In 2011, the total area of mushroom farms was 697 thousand square meters. Since the beginning of 2000, when the aforementioned area was 950 thousand square meters, its size was reduced by 30 percent.
Today, most mushrooms are produced in Limburg. The largest mushroom farm is located in Horst-en-de-Meuse and covers 158,000 square meters. In total, in 2012, the total area of greenhouses in the province of Limburg was 319,000 square meters, which is almost half of the total area allocated for mushroom cultivation in the Netherlands. In second place for this indicator is North Brabant with 221 thousand square meters. The third place belongs to Gelderland, where 96,000 square meters of greenhouses are located. In the remaining provinces, the culture of mushroom cultivation is at a lower level, the total number of greenhouse areas is only 28,000 square meters.
According to the materials of the site http://www.agf.nl/