A total of 27 municipalities, mainly from Castellon, but also from Valencia and even one from the south of Catalonia, have raised their voices in defense of the citrus sector and against the free trade agreement with the countries of southern Africa, since they consider it the main reason for the price crisis they are suffering.
In the municipalities of Castellón, Vila-real, Burriana, Almassora, Nules, Vall, Onda, Vilavella, Moncofa, Betxí, Almenara, Xilxes, Llosa, les Alqueries, Artana, Torreblanca, Vinaròs, Benicarló and Castellnovo, protests have been held in front of their respective town halls. They have been joined by Benifairó de la Valldigna, Algemesí, Bellreguard, Xeresa, Xeraco, Tabernes de Valldigna and Potries (Valencia) and Alcanar (Tarragona).
The spokesperson of the Platform for the Dignity of Agricultural Producers, César Estañol, expressed his satisfaction because "in just one week we have doubled the number of municipalities holding protests, because initially it was limited to the 14 that make up the entity."
The next step is the approval of institutional declarations in the town halls, which should help strengthen their position before the central government, which will be asked to request the application of the safeguard clause of the free trade agreement.
The platform has recently received the support of the president of the council, Javier Moliner, who was willing to support them in their claim, "but also to help them build up the reputation of the citrus fruits from Castellón, especially the Clementines, in order to guarantee the future of the sector."