Member of the DSF – Rijgersberg M.C.R.

Jan de Boer has run out of options and is destroying his flowers.

With florists closed, and most celebrations cancelled in cities across the globe because of COVID-19, the demand for flowers has seen a drastic downturn.

Now tulip growers like de Boer in the Netherlands say they have had to destroy millions of their flowers.

“The market has collapsed,” Jan de Boer told As It Happens guest host Piya Chattopadhyay. “Per month, we are throwing away a billion stems of flowers.”

De Boer is owner of Barendsen flower exporting company. The company is located in the town of Aalsmeer, which is home to one of the biggest flower auction houses in the world. 

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