The Union of Small Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers of the Region of Murcia, UPA-Murcia, has denounced that stone fruit sales are currently being carried out without a contract, which is illegal, and is asking the Administration to intervene to protect law-abiding producers. This illegal practice is detrimental to produces, since there's no guarantee of making a profit and has an impact on the consumer demand.
At this time, when there is a greater availability of stone fruit from domestic producers, many agro-food distribution chains are not accepting the Spanish supply. This restricts the consumer demand and causes the supply to accumulate, with the consequent fall in producer prices. In the short term, only intermediaries benefit from this.
Therefore, Upa has urged the Council of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Murcia to organize a meeting, with the participation also of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and the sector's operators. In that meeting, the Administrations would demand the immediate restoration of the market's normal conditions and the cessation of prohibited and harmful commercial practices.
However, the Councillor of Agriculture of Murcia Miguel Angel del Amor, said he had no record of the practices reported by Upa being carried out, and said that if illegal practices with the contracts were detected, they would act immediately.
Regarding the lack of national production on the shelves, the Councilor said that the fruit's supply is likely being held back and staggered "in order to prevent market oversupply and prevent prices from falling."
All this is aggravated by an increase in the Region's stone fruit production, which is making it hard to obtain the desired results in the Spanish market.