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Spain: Measures proposed for sweet fruit strategic plan

The third work meeting for the development of the Strategic Plan for the sweet fruit sector, convened this week by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, was devoted to the presentation of proposals for measures. The focus was on the stone fruit sector in the morning and on the top fruit sector in the afternoon.

This third meeting was intended to discuss the diagnosis made in previous meetings and to propose measures in each of the subsectors. After a plenary session opened by the General Director of Productions and Agricultural Markets, Fernando Miranda, the Deputy General Director for fruits and vegetables, Ignacio Atance, made an advance of the conclusions of the diagnosis carried out for the stone fruit and top fruit subsectors.

FEPEX, which intervened in both groups, proposed a set of measures. In the field of production, it proposed to strengthen the sector's structure, and in particular, to facilitate the incorporation of producers to the most effective organizations, to promote the recognition of producer organizations and also to encourage the declaration of economic circumscriptions. It also defended the immediate application of the new crisis management measures foreseen in the draft Omnibus Regulation, which will come into force on 1 January 2018. It was also proposed to promote innovation and varietal reconversion in certain species and to improve information on the supply and demand, as well as on the availability of post-harvest products, among other measures.

Regarding new markets, they also addressed the need to undertake a varietal renewal with peaches and nectarines, so there can be a growth of exports to new markets further afield. To achieve this, there must be a greater investment and research in new varieties with the shelf life and essential features for their export to distant markets.

Stone fruit exports to non-European destinations amounted to 58,163 tonnes in 2016, with plums being the most exported. These markets accounted for just 6% of the total stone fruit volume exported by Spain last year. For top fruit, shipments to non-European markets amounted to 110,754 tonnes, which is 46% of the total exported by Spain.


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