The massive uprooting of fruit trees in the county of Vegas Altas, in the Spanish region of Extremadura, caused by the lack of profitability of various varieties of stone fruit, has raised great concerns in the agricultural sector, not only in the county, but in much of Extremadura.
The fruit sector's lack of profitability is one of the reasons that have motivated the great protest organized by agrarian organizations of the region on Wednesday 29 in Don Benito. The protest has been backed pretty much unanimously by the companies and entities exhibiting at Agroexpo, which will be held in that town between January 29 and February 1. To show their support, they will not open their stands that day until 1:00 p.m.
According to estimates from the Association of Agricultural Producers and Ranchers of Villanueva de la Serena (Agryga), in recent months about 1,700 hectares of fruit trees have been uprooted in Vegas Altas due to lack of profitability.
According to Herminio Íñiguez, president of Agryga, finding attractive alternatives is difficult and no other fruit trees are being planted because it is not profitable. Yes, there are producers who are choosing to sow almond trees due to the good market price of this nut; however, experts warn, within a few years, the lack of control may result in a repetition of the current situation, with the supply being much greater than the demand.