As many as 40% of Dutch field vegetable growers could be on the edge of bankruptcy, according to Holland's national accountants association. The industry is still recovering from the massive floods two years ago which decimated crops of leeks, carrots and onions. Followed by poor prices last season, the current situation has still not improved. In addition, chicory has been making levels far below cost price, a factor which has hit the Belgian crop. The worsening position has also spread to France where vegetable growers have seen incomes fall for the first time in seven years. As a result carrot production, for example, has fallen by 6% and is expected to drop by a similar volume this season. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}