Warning about the dangerous situation of Extremadura's fruit sector

The agrarian organization Asaja Extremadura has issued a warning about the price situation that the region's fruit segment is going through, which together with the rising costs that producers are dealing with is putting the sector in serious danger.

The president of Asaja Extremadura, Ángel García Blanco, explained that far from being resolved, the situation has worsened this year.

According to García Blanco, the costs of inputs or of the harvest have increased again this year, leaving the fruit sector in a situation of "serious risk" for the coming years.

In his opinion, the system needs to be reformed so that fruit prices can allow the grower to cover the production costs and make a profit.

Another issue is the entry into Europe of fruit varieties without the conditions and quality of the local productions, which "does little to help improve this situation," he said.

Despite being a globalized world, in which, for example, it is waiting for the reopening of the Russian market, García Blanco has considered that both the State and the autonomous community can take measures to improve this situation.

García Blanco put special emphasis on the situation of plums, as this year's oversupply has caused the prices of some varieties to be very low.

In some cases, the fruit's price has stood at around eight cents per kilo. To this we must add the rise in production costs, which Extremadura, as a large producer, is greatly affected by.

The plum situation is in deep contrast with that observed last year, in which shortages caused prices to be much higher than usual.


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