The Association of Producers and Exporters of Strawberries and Red Fruits from Huelva (Freshuelva) has asked the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, through the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers Exporters of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and Live Plants (Fepex), for stricter controls and to ensure that phytosanitary inspections on raspberries and blueberries from third countries are carried out properly. It says that "the massive entry of these fruits into Europe has been causing a sharp collapse of prices in the market."
Berry producers are disappointed with the fact that the meeting held last Thursday between the Minister and the sector came to a close “without clear commitments” from the Central Administration to alleviate the current crisis of agriculture in Spain. As a result, the governing board has decided to join the protest convened on March 5 by Asaja-Huelva and Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias.
Freshuelva, which represents almost all raspberry producers and exporters in the province of Huelva, the main producer in Spain, denounces that there has been “an excessive increase in the volume of raspberries entering the European market from third countries, like Morocco, which even violate European labor and health regulations."