Czech Republic very dependent on vegetable importsStaff Writer | October 9, 2018
Vegetable imports to the Czech Republic are continuing to grow. According to data from the Czech Statistics Office, the foreign vegetable trade currently shows a deficit of 11 billion crowns (€427 mln).
Europe The amount of imported vegetables increased
The average Czech person consumes some 81 kilos of vegetables a year, with 54 kilos being imported from abroad. Vegetables grown in the Czech Republic only cover around one third of local consumption. Most vegetables are imported to the country from the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Germany and Italy. While the Netherland and Spain mostly supply the Czech market with tomatoes and cucumbers, Polish farmers import onions, cabbage and cauliflower.
Radio.cz describes how vegetables in the Czech Republic are grown on an area of 10,000-11,000 hectares. In 2017, Czech farmers produced 265,000 tons of vegetables. This year, the yield is estimated to drop by around 15 percent due to the prolonged drought.
Vegetables traditionally grown in the Czech Republic include onions, cabbage, peas and carrots. Due to a growing demand for cherry tomatoes, an increasing number of green houses have been built around the country in recent years. ■