The threat of emerging diseases, the work of the Member States and the EU in the face of diseases and pests, the Andalusian phytosanitary surveillance plan, the structural changes in the chain, the sector's diagnosis in Spain and a discussion about a strategic plan for the structural improvement of the citrus sector will be some of the issues that will be addressed and discussed next March 20 in Lora del Río, Seville.
ASAJA-Andalucía, Asociafruit and Cooperativas Agroalimentarias of Andalusia, concerned about the development of this fundamental sector for the region (Andalusia harvests 50% of all Spanish oranges), have organized this forum. The event will be opened by the Councilor of Agriculture of the Government of Andalusia, Carmen Crespo, and will welcome experts from the central and regional administration.
The forum, which has the support of the City Council of Lora del Río and the sponsorship of Caja Rural del Sur and Cajamar, will also count with the participation of IFAPA's coordinator for citrus transfer and experimentation, Francisco José Arenas, the general director of MAPA's Agricultural Production Health, Valentín Almansa, the head of Plant Health of the Council of Agriculture, Rafael Sánchez, the head of the Research Service of the Cooperative Group Cajamar, David Uclés, and the general director of MAPA's Productions and Markets, Esperanza Orellana.
The event will close with a round table discussion moderated by TV journalist Miguel Montaño, in which representatives of ASAJA-Andalucía, Asociafruit and Cooperativas Agroalimentarias of Andalucía, of the Council of Agriculture of the Government of Andalusia, and of the Ministry of Agriculture will outline the challenges and threats that the Andalusian citrus sector is facing, and will point to the need to work together in the development of a strategic plan for the sector's structural improvement.