Russian veto and China: threats to Spanish mushrooms
The Popular Party (PP) MEP of La Rioja, Esther Herranz, has warned of the threat to La Rioja's mushroom sector posed by the maintenance of the Russian veto, as well as by China's competition.
Herranz made this statement before meeting with the president of the Professional Association of Mushroom Producers (ASOCHAMP), Francisco Tomás Sáenz.
"There are issues that we have to look into and for which we must be prepared, since Russia continues to refuse the granting of access to European agro-food products," said Herranz. She stressed that mushroom productions from third countries, such as China, could also negatively affect the stability of La Rioja's market.
The MEP recalled that La Rioja, together with Cuenca, is Spain's largest mushroom producer, and that the country is also "a large producer in Europe."
For his part, the president of ASOCHAMP stressed that the Russian veto continues to be a concern for the sector, although they also see a threat in China exporting mushrooms to the United States."
"La Rioja is the largest mushroom producing region in Spain and our country is the second or third largest European producer," said Sáenz, who has appealed to the sector to stand together in order to gain strength.
He explained that "the sector in this region generates about 3,000 jobs (both direct and indirect), and the mushroom production amounts to around 80,000 tonnes per year."
Publication date: 2/21/2018
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