The Canary government has reported the support of the governments of Spain, France and Portugal to keeping the budget of the Community Support Program for the Agricultural Production of the Canary Islands (Posei). They reject the 3.9% cut proposed by the European Commission in the framework of its plans to reduce of the budget of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The Councillor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Government of the Canary Islands, Narvay Quintero, said in a statement that the Ministers of the three member states have announced in Paris the signing of a letter, which will be sent to the president of the European Commission, in which they highlight the importance of this aid to the outermost regions.
Quintero argued that neither the banana sector, nor those devoted to agriculture and livestock in the outermost regions, can accept a reduction of the budget allocated to the Posei programs in the framework of the Common Agricultural Policy PAC as of 2020.
The cut of this aid "would entail a drop in the production and the danger of abandonment of farms, given the difficulties that producers of the ORs have to reach a level of competitiveness similar to that of continental Europe," said Quintero, who asked for the aid to be increased.
The French, Spanish and Portuguese Ministers Luis Planas, Stéphane Travert and Luís Capoulas took part in the Paris meeting together with representatives of the regional governments of the ORs, the Association of European Banana Producers (APEB) and Asprocan.
The producers have asked the governments of Spain, France and Portugal to show their support to the price observatory before the Commission. The idea is to immediately detect any declines and react quickly enough to alleviate their consequences.