On Friday, February 21, the agricultural sector will hold a new protest in Murcia, led by Coag, Upa and Asaja, the three main agricultural and livestock organizations in the Region. The province thus joins the widespread protests of recent weeks, which are being promoted by various agricultural and livestock organizations across Spain to stand against the low prices at origin and the high production costs.
Production costs in the Region have reportedly increased by 30% in the last three years. The organizations claim that never before have the prices at origin of so many products fallen below their production costs, leading to a 9% fall in agricultural income in 2019. The situation is especially critical in the cases of stone fruit or vegetables such as broccoli. "It is not acceptable for a kilo of broccoli to be sold at origin for 30 cents and then have retailers selling it for 2 Euro."
The demonstration in Murcia will also serve to demand measures regarding irrigation water and the prevention of unfair competition from third countries. "We are forced to meet some requirements, also as regards costs, which are not imposed on third countries when trade agreements are signed," they say.
They are aware that the State cannot regulate the market and set a minimum price, but they are asking for a revision of the Law of the Food Chain, calling also to avoid abusive practices through a common European regulation.
Furthermore, producers also demand a negotiation with the United Kingdom to "reduce tariffs and continue exporting normally after Brexit", as well as an attempt to restore the relations between the European Union and Russia.