On April 23, fruit producers took over the Plaza de Mayo to protest, just as vegetable producers from the green belt of La Plata have done before. Fruit producers from Entre Rios, Rio Negro, and Neuquen arrived with boxes full of oranges, mandarins, pears, and apples and gave away more than 20,000 kilos of fruit to the people that passed by. The goal: to show the difficult situation that the fruit sector is going through.
The producers, which are geographically remote from each other and have different fruit productions, but are facing similar realities, expect the Government gives them concrete answers to their issues.
"Our economies haven't been profitable for a long time. The gap between what the small producers receive and what consumers pay is greater by the day. Our partners, the intermediaries, marketers, and the Government, are left with the biggest profits," he said.
"Nowadays it's better to let the fruit rot in the plant. Producers get paid $ 2.80 per kilo and harvesting that kilo of fruit costs $ 3.50; so producers are down by almost one peso," he added.
According to Panozzo, the fruit is produced mainly by medium and small producers that generate a lot of labor in the region. "Big entrepreneurs don't care about the situation that the sector is facing, they only care about their own profitability," he lamented.