The banana sector has asked all political forces to maintain their commitment to the primary sector ahead of the upcoming elections, given that these electoral processes will coincide with key negotiations in the European Union.
A statement from the Association of Organizations of Banana Producers from the Canary Islands (Asprocan) says that it is necessary to stand together "and avoid adding uncertainty to an already complex situation at an international and European level."
The upcoming processes for the renewal of EU institutions, as well as of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) or the Posei, together with the uncertainty of Brexit and the negotiations in favor of the bananas from third countries, are making it essential for all political forces in the Canary Islands and Spain to issue a coherent message.
There should be support to cover the extra cost of irrigation water, a guarantee of 100% of the additional POSEI, an increase in the state subsidies for agricultural insurances, fiscal incentives for producers and the payment of 100% of the logistics costs.
For Asprocan, all of these represented a hugely important achievement and gave new hope to the primary sector of the islands, but the current political context has created a scenario of irresolution.