By Jasmine Lowen
In Holland, tulip farmers are struggling to sell their wares, with miles worth of uncut flowers due to having no buyers during coronavirus lockdown.
The pandemic has closed down businesses and gatherings everywhere – and it’s beginning to take its toll. Florists are closed, there are no bouquets being displayed in restaurants or salons and no beautiful bunches for brides either.
“You’re always thinking, ‘Is this going to kill my company?’” Dutch farmer Henk Van Der Slot comments sadly, having resorted to selling bulbs. This has had little effect on his income, with profits drying up by the day.
“When you harvest new flowers every day, you have to sell them. And if they don’t sell, you have to throw them away. It’s costing money.”
Coronavirus is sure to have wreaked economic disaster globally, and small businesses are likely to be heavily impacted. It is important to be mindful and to support your local vendors wherever possible.
It is also of paramount importance that we as a society continue with small acts of kindness; so go ahead and buy some flowers for the person you love. A farmer in the Netherlands will be forever grateful.