The contingent of seasonal laborers who will work in Huelva's berry campaign has already been travelling to Spain, arriving on a staggered basis on Wednesday and Thursday, with a total of 1,000 expected before the weekend; a number that will increase after the Easter holidays.
According to Europa Press, the secretary general of the Union of Small Agricultural Producers (UPA) of Huelva, Manuel Piedra, the laborers have been able to make this trip after the timely processing of their visas and travel permits.
At this time, there are 10,680 workers present in the fields of Huelva, to which we must add the 1,000 that are on their way and the several thousands more that will arrive after the holidays. All in all, more than 19,000 laborers have been hired at origin.
Manuel Piedra said that the UPA has been asking for the workers to arrive "since early March" in order to ensure that the campaign goes ahead successfully.
In any case, the association has expressed concern about the low prices paid for the production. In the case of strawberries, they have fallen below 70 cents per kilo, and in the case of blueberries, they stand a little under the 4 Euro per kilo, while in the supermarket, blueberries are sold for 20 Euro per kilo, which UPA has described as "shameful".
All this is causing some growers to "abandon hectares devoted to fruit production," given the volume that could end up spoiled by the good weather these days.