Farmers cry over bumper onion crop

The number of onions grown in Switzerland this year is set to be 25 per cent above the three-year average, but farmers are not celebrating.

This content was published on October 29, 2011 - 11:03 and agencies

The Swiss vegetable growers' association said the 23,417 tonnes of onions – a result of optimal weather conditions in summer and autumn – were pushing the price down.

The recommended price is now SFr0.45 ($0.52) per kilo compared with SFr0.75 last year – a figure which doesn't cover production costs, according to the association.

It also complained that exporting the excess onions wasn’t possible, despite their low price, because markets in European Union countries were also saturated.

It added that Switzerland could also expect celery, cabbage and carrot mountains.

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