Spanish fruit producers are once again raising their voices against the abusive practices of agro-food and distribution chains, which result in inexplicably low prices.
The Union of Small Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers (UPA) held a meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture in which it denounced that they are in the middle of a campaign with normal volumes and abnormally low prices. According to reports from the Ministry of Agriculture, the prices being accepted by fruit plants this year are up to 0.30 Euro / kg cheaper than in the previous one.
The UPA accuses those fruit plants of "ignoring the law and carrying out fruit operations without a contract or fixed prices." The agrarian organization recalled that such actions are especially harmful in the fruit sector, which does not receive aid from the CAP, so producers have to "live from the prices they impose on us."
Consequently, the UPA has asked the Administration to intensify its efforts to stop offenders. The organization has also asked fruit growers "not to give in to financial blackmail" and, above all, "not to be afraid to report companies they are being abused by." The UPA is always ready to receive anonymous complaints and process them before the AICA.