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Food – Farmers’ President warns: German viticulture is in deep crisis

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Food – Farmers’ President warns: German viticulture is in deep crisis

Weinstock (archive), via dts news agency

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Berlin (dts news agency) – Farmers President Joachim Rukwied is worried about the future of German winegrowing. Rukwied told the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ): “In my region, in Baden-Württemberg, hectares of vineyards are being cleared because it is no longer worth cultivating them.”

This is not only the case in the southwest of the Republic, but also in other classic wine-growing regions. Rukwied stated: “Viticulture is in the deepest crisis in decades. If prices are not raised significantly, then I will be very worried about the future of viticulture and businesses in some wine-growing regions.” According to the association president, the background to the tense situation is the comparatively high wage costs in Germany. This not only affects wine producers, but also asparagus and strawberry farmers, where a large part of the work cannot be done by machines. This also explains the sometimes high asparagus prices that are now being called up at the start of the season.

Rukwied said: “The high prices are due to the minimum wage, which has risen massively in recent years; since the beginning of the year it has been 12.41 euros per hour.” In Spain, however, labor costs are only half as high, which makes imported goods correspondingly cheap: “German strawberries cannot keep up with Spanish strawberries in terms of price.”

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