The Councillor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of Andalusia, Carmen Crespo, has visited Huelva for the first time since her appointment in order to hold a first meeting with the berry and citrus sectors and learn about their needs and proposals.
The Councillor has announced that the Andalusian Regional Government will support Interfresa's promotions, both to retain markets and to open new lines in emerging countries. "The aim is to improve the marketing and sell more and better, so that producers can receive fairer prices."
Crespo announced that the Government of Andalusia will cover 50% of the Interprofessional's investment in the promotion of red fruits, and it will do so through Extenda-Andalusian Agency of Foreign Promotion. It is, as she herself pointed out, "a way to support the interprofessional" and a sector "that has many needs, but also a lot of potential."
Crespo explained that she plans to visit the Port of Algeciras, "symbolically," to show that the Government of Andalusia is serious about the application of the quotas set on agro-food products from third countries, as requested by various Andalusian sectors affected by those imports. To this end, she stressed that it is essential that the Border Inspection Points carry out a control of these quantities, checking also compliance with the regulations in force regarding the use of phytosanitary products, so that everyone plays with the same rules."
For his part, Interfresa manager Pedro Marín stressed that the issue of prices is raising some of the worst concerns in Huelva's berry sector, which is why they have taken advantage of the meeting to propose the launch of promotional mechanisms. The goal is to increase the consumption of berries like blueberries, not only abroad, but also in the domestic market, promoting the great qualities and health benefits of their consumption.
Representing Freshuelva, its president, Alberto Garrocho, said that one of the issues that has become a priority for producers, ahead of future campaigns, is that of labor. They want to seek the support of the Council of Agriculture in order to give a boost to contracting at source. "We have dealt with labor shortages this campaign, and what we want is to be much more versatile and not depend on a single country like Morocco."