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This article provides an update on the crisis measures surrounding the coronavirus and information about the impact on floral trade and production, which is especially affecting the export market.

Belgium

In Belgium, most growers of ornamental horticultural products has seen their sales disappear. That is why an online platform has recently been developed in Belgium – a kind of ‘Tinder’ where farm shops and growers of ornamental horticultural products can find each other and do business. A new challenge has recently been launched on Facebook – the #flowerboostchallenge – in which company managers challenge each other to treat their employees to plants from nearby growers.

The Belgian Garden Centre Association, with 300 garden and plant centres as members, is asking the government to reconsider the obligation to close garden and plant centres. According to the association, the reopening can take place with respect for the generally applicable sanitary safety measures.

Brazil

Brazilian ornamental plant cultivation has a hard time. According to the trade union, the sector has suffered a loss of almost 60 million euros in the last two weeks. If the restrictive measures continue in the coming month, two thirds of the member companies will go bankrupt and 120 000 people will lose their jobs.

Germany

Federal minister Julia Klöckner announced that in order to guarantee sufficient seasonal work, the rules for the deployment of foreign workers will be relaxed. For the months of April and May, 40 000 seasonal workers will be admitted in Germany per month. Together with the domestic temporary workers, this should facilitate the demand for 100 000 seasonal workers until the end of May.

In order to limit the health risks for the workers and local population, foreign seasonal workers must travel to the regions in groups (individual trips are not permitted). Local authorities are responsible for collecting the workers from the airport and transporting them to the companies in accordance with current hygiene measures. The workers must live and work in isolation from other teams for 14 days in accordance with the current quarantine scheme. (Source: Agricultural Attaché Network Ministry of Agriculture 03-04-2020)

France

An economic disaster threatens French producers of roses and lily of the valley. Neither the gardeners nor the growers in France can sell their produce as the garden centres and flower shops are closed (offline sales). Between 15 March and the end of May, this sector achieves 80% of its annual turnover. (Source: JAF info 02-04-2020)

In France, the sale of seeds, bulbs, tubers and aromatic plants for vegetable gardens is allowed again. These products are sold to consumers in garden centres that have remained open to the public as they have products for pets in their range. (Source: JAF info 02-04-2020)

Spain

The Spanish Ministry of Transport has compiled an overview of service stations and restaurants along motorways that are open to truck drivers. View this list here. (Source: Agricultural Attaché Network Ministry of Agriculture 02-04-2020)

United Kingdom

The Ministry of Agriculture has taken a ‘pragmatic approach’ to companies that are not authorised to issue plant passports: Those who now choose to sell at a distance (delivery) out of necessity may continue to do so, whereas that type of sale should actually be accompanied by a plant passport. However, these companies must demonstrate that they have an online registration. – Floral Daily