HortiDaily international media for Agricilture/Horticilture industry interviewd our Executive Director Mr. Christos D. Katsanos how the political crisis will affect the horticilture sector in Greece.
"This will only contribute to a stronger development for the Greek greenhouse industry"
Greece closes banks, greenhouse growers can't order new seeds, supplies
Greece's greenhouse growers could face problems next week if the situation with the frozen bank accounts does not improve. As the Greek Central Bank has taken measures to prevent a capital flight abroad, greenhouse growers and distributors of imported greenhouse supplies like fertilizers, technology and substrates, are not able to pay the outstanding bills for imported goods. "The money is here, but we are simply not able to pay the bills this week," said Christos Katsanos, an agricultural consultant from Greece based DKG Group. Despite this situation, Katsanos remains positive. "This will only contribute to a stronger development for the Greek greenhouse industry, its the only industry in Greece that I feel confident about!"
Some of the greenhouse growers in Greece are about to transplant to a new crop. Therefore they need to order new seeds from Holland or Israel. Some of them are already paid, but according to Katsanos, the closed banks might create a difficult situation next week, as outstanding bills for the supplies cannot be paid yet. "This week it is not a problem yet, as we still have enough stocks available, there are enough fertilizers and other materials available. We all are cautious about the decisions and announcements for the next week."
Christos D. Katsanos in a Greek tomato greenhouse.
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