The forum that will meet in Cordoba will be attended by representatives of the three European garlic-producing countries: Spain, Italy and France, who have already made proposals approved by Brussels, such as fixing an entry quota for Chinese and Argentinian garlic imported to Europe.
Proposals have also been made to the EU to fight "against illegal garlic imports" and for the introduction of a quality seal for European garlic.
For his part, the Agriculture and Environment delegate of Cordoba's provincial government, Julio Criado, explained that the institution supports these kind of forums as a part of a strategy of "promotion and expansion of agricultural products," as Cordoba is the number one province in terms of garlic production.
Criado mentioned that production concentrates in the areas of Campiña, Montalbán, Santaella, San Sebastián de los Ballesteros and Aguilar, with a high demand for labour (280,000 annual salaries).
The province of Cordoba presents itself as the main Andalusian producer, accumulating 55% of the area cultivated in Andalusia and about 60% of the entire production.