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Unió de Llauradors:

Spain: "Only 39% of the expected citrus volume has been withdrawn for juicing"

The exhaustion this campaign and the advance of the Spanish general elections to April 28 have taken momentum away from the summit announced in February by Minister Luis Planas, which was intended for those in attendance to seek solutions for the citrus sector. Despite the new political situation, the Unió de Llauradors will still ask for more aid, as it considers the government's plan to withdraw oranges and clementines for juicing a failure.

The general secretary of La Unió, Carles Peris, lamented the lack of success of the "only measure" proposed by Planas, as less than a month before the deadline of the application period, there have only been requests to withdraw 39% of the expected volume. In other words, of the 50,000 tons authorized by the Ministry, only 19,300 have been withdrawn from the market for juice production. Of these, 37% correspond to farms in the Region of Valencia and another 42% to farms in Andalusia.

Peris was very critical of this proposal, which he considered "totally insufficient, because it is not reaching the producers directly, and it was also approved too late for Castellón's citrus growers.


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