Not only are raw materials scarce, but computer chips are also hard to come by. This scarcity is causing delays in the delivery of machines but is also negatively affecting the delivery of greenhouses, the ANP discovered.
The ANP asked AVAG, WUR, and producers Lely and Reesink for explanations and clarification.
Annie van de Riet, president of AVAG
The fact that greenhouses are currently more expensive was recently explained here by AVAG president Annie van de Riet. Whether that also means that fewer will be built, Annie doesn't know. Anyone who thinks that greenhouses will suddenly become cheaper again in a while might be disappointed. "Nobody knows what the market will be like in a few years' time. By then, due to all sorts of unforeseen circumstances, the price may have shot up once again."
With the same down-to-earth view, Annie also talks about the chip shortage. Unlike Erik Pekkeriet of the WUR, she does not fear a brake on innovation and sustainability. After all, the shortages are happening worldwide and the Netherlands is still leading the way in terms of knowledge, according to the AVAG president.