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Many older Netherlands’ farmers have nobody to take over their businesses

Staff Writer | November 22, 2016
Most of the Netherlands’ older farmers and market gardeners have no successor and 15,000 businesses could disappear within the next 10 years, national statistics office CBS said.
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Farming   Bigger firms are more likely to continue operating
In particular, sheep farms and ornamental plant growers are struggling to stay in business, the CBS said.

There are currently some 55,000 agrarian companies in the Netherlands, of whom 25,000 are run by someone over the age of 55. Of them, 15,000 have no one lined up to take over their firms.

There are, however, strong regional differences, the CBS said. Farms in Flevoland are in demand but farmers in Gelderland, Utrecht and Zuid-Holland are the least likely to sell or pass on their companies

Bigger firms are more likely to continue operating than small ones, the CBS said.