Spain: Aid to Canary tomato sector slows down regression of acreage

The European Commission has authorised an increase of the Posei subsidies to Canary tomatoes for export, which will go from 11,000 to 15,000 Euro per hectare. This measure aims to slow down the regression of the acreage and even start its recovery.

The Councillor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Government of the Canary Islands, Narvay Quintero, and the Deputy Councillor of the Primary Sector, Abel Morales, have stated at a press conference that the aid per hectare has doubled since 2015, when it stood at 7,500 Euro.

The European Commission has authorised a general increase of nine million Euro for the Posei, from 15 to 24 million Euro, so the Posei aid amounts to a total of 229 million and the figure of the European program for the Canary Islands has reached 292 million (if the 63 million of the Special Supply Regime (REA) are added).

"Now it is important for the new economic REF to be approved in Parliament", because that is the one that establishes that the Government of Spain will pay 100% of the additional Posei, said Narvay Quintero.

The increase in tomato subsidies, which will be in force until 2020, must go hand in hand with the modernization of farms to be able to compete with Moroccan productions, which have lower production costs.

Work is also underway to obtain a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for Canary tomatoes that can serve both as a quality seal and as a means to tackle the sale of "Canary type" tomatoes whose origin is not in the islands, explained the councillor.

Source: EFE

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