LEI is one of the research institutes of the University and Research Center Wageningen (WUR). In the Netherlands and Belgium, the LEI is a leading Institute of Social and Economic Research in the field of agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, management of rural areas, the production and consumption of food. LEI recently published data that griboproizvodstva industry in the Netherlands is facing difficult times. The margin has been steadily declining, and the complete restructuring of the sector seems inevitable, informs FreshPlaza.
Number of mushroom farms in the Netherlands has fallen by almost half since 2005 to just over 150 companies. Area declined over the same period by 12%. Cost of production in EUR per kilogram also shows a downward trend. However, the total volume of production increases, and 300,000 tons of mushrooms were produced in 2011.
Harold van der Meulen, who works in the LEI, explains the initiative to establish the Information Center, designed to restructure the domestic supply. “We believe the Coordination Center plays an important role in obtaining true information about the market. This is in order to determine the amount of mushrooms within the geographical area. Subsequently, the excess may be limited in the market, which would have the consequence of a better situation on the market thanks to a more stable level prices. ”
Van der Meulen: “The purpose of the Information Center is to create a balanced market situation, matching supply and demand, so that prices can be formed without excessive pressure This, in turn, allows producers to adjust supply accordingly.”.