On May 16, trucks loaded with Spanish fruit were blocked once again in the border with France. In this case, several members of the French agrarian organization Conféderation Paysanne stood at the Le Boulou border point between both countries to prevent the entry of trucks, protesting against the prices of Spanish fruit, which competes directly against that produced in France.
With this boycott, organized just before the European elections, we want to bring light to the crisis situation of the agricultural sector in France, where the tomato and strawberry sectors have officially been declared to be in a crisis situation.
The producers protesting at the border blocked a truck loaded with Spanish apricots. They said that the fruit was intended to be sold at a price of 1.45 Euro per kilo, when the French production cost oscillates between 1.60 and 1.80 Euro / kilo.
Its leaders have asked the Government to set a minimum price of entry for fruit and vegetables in France, in order to prevent imported products, included those from other EU Member States, to be sold for prices below the French production cost.
According to their data, one third of the acreage devoted to fruits and vegetables in France has disappeared over the last 25 years, and 29% of the farms have closed their doors over the last 6. Half of the fruits and vegetables consumed in the country come from abroad, especially from other European countries; mainly Spain, Italy and Germany.