According to data provided by the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA), 10% of the citrus growers of the Valencian county of La Safor have abandoned their activity due to the losses generated in the course of several campaigns.
The representative of AVA in La Safor, Vicent Faro, lamented the damage caused to local producers by the entry into the Union of citrus fruits from other continents, especially from southern Africa and countries such as Egypt or Turkey.
"Nobody is interested in our fruit, because the other one is cheaper," he said. This drop in sales is making it unprofitable to maintain plots in La Safor.
"We have reached a point where more than 50% of the agricultural plots devoted to the production of oranges have been abandoned due to the lack of profitability," said the AVA official. Faro also claimed that the European Union "does not watch over Valencia's interests."
Because of all this, the AVA representative has asked for the agreements with European countries to be reviewed, since they are "killing Valencian agriculture". He added that Europe's position with Morocco is increasingly lenient. "Every year, they are allowed to export a greater volume of oranges."