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Sweden: High electricity prices affect winter tomato cultivation


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    Rampant electricity prices might cause Sweden's two largest tomato growers to shut down cultivation in winter 2022/2023. Mindaugas Krasaukas, site manager at Sweden's largest tomato farm Nordic Greens in Trelleborg, said that their electricity bill used to be SEK 1mn (EUR 93,175.27 USD 92,749.13) a month, but that the current prices mean the bill can land between SEK 5mn an SEK 6mn a month. He added that they have to see what happens with the electricity price during the winter in order to make a decision about winter cultivation. Sweden's second largest tomato company Elleholms tomatodling in Mörrum invested SEK 7.50mn in lighting before last winter to be able to grow all year round in parts of its facility. Thomas Lilja, who runs Elleholms tomatodling, stated that the plan does not see them growing tomatoes in winter 2022/2023 due to the skyrocketing electricity prices. Both Krasaukas and Lilja believe that tomatoes will be more expensive this winter and that it might even be difficult to find tomatoes in shops as high gas and electricity prices will likely affect cultivation in other countries as well. Bertil Trulsson, chairman of Sydgrönt, Sweden's largest association for the sale of fruit and vegetables, stated that the high electricity prices combined with soaring prices for fuel and inputs such as fertilizer will hit the entire Swedish crop industry, not just crops that are grown in greenhouses.

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