The increase in energy prices is causing problems for some Czech entrepreneurs. One of the largest domestic growers of cacti, the company Kaktus Šenšen, is now being forced to shut down. According to the company’s owner, Martin Strnad, the main reason for this decision is the high energy cost.
In recent years, energy prices have increased significantly, and in the case of Kaktus Šenšen, electricity costs alone have increased by 30% over the past year. This is a high cost for the company, which needs to maintain a stable temperature in its greenhouses to grow its cacti.
In addition to the high energy costs, the company has also been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to restrictions on public gatherings, Kaktus Šenšen has been unable to participate in traditional markets and fairs where it typically sells its products.
The closure of Kaktus Šenšen will result in losing about ten jobs. The company had been operating for more than 20 years and was one of the largest cactus growers in the Czech Republic. Its products were exported to several countries, including Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
The situation of Kaktus Šenšen is not unique. Many other entrepreneurs are also struggling with the high energy cost, and some are forced to close down their businesses. The government is considering various measures to address this issue, such as reducing taxes on energy or providing financial support to affected companies.