Profile Of The Flower Bulb Industry

In recent decades, the Dutch production of  flower bulbs has grown considerably. In 1960, the total area under cultivation covered 24,000 acres, by 1996, that figure had risen to more than 44,000 acres.

Conversely, the number of firms which cultivate bulbs has drastically declined. In the first half of the 1960's there were still 13,000 firms, but in 1996 that  number was not more than 3,200.

However, there are now more bulbs cultivated per firm than ever before. The average amount of surface cultivated per firm has risen from just under two acres 25 years ago to more than 12 acres today. This increase in scale has only been possible with increased mechanization.

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