Huelva's producers blocked the A-49 motorway between Huelva and Seville to demand measures to protect the future of both agricultural producers and ranchers, in the face of the delicate situation they are going through. The protest brought together thousands of agricultural producers from all regions of the province, as well as more than 500 tractors.
The vehicles departed from the town of San Juan del Puerto and traveled on the A-49 bound towards Huelva until the next change of direction, at the intersection of La Ribera, where it took course again towards Seville, to return to the point of origin. Once there, Cristóbal Picón read the manifesto on behalf of the three convening organizations: Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias of Huelva, Asaja-Huelva and COAG-Huelva.
Picón asked for "solutions" to the sector's problems and recalled that his companies "are on the verge of going bankrupt, and our towns are losing inhabitants. We have been ignored for years, bringing light to a situation that has become increasingly unsustainable, without anyone doing anything about it," he said.
The representative of Cooperativas said that "we cannot take this any longer; we need our voice to be heard loud and clear. We cannot continue to be given false promises. We have decided that enough is enough, that we will not settle for half-based solutions to problems as serious as those that we are suffering."
He complained about "the very high and unfair costs, the constantly growing taxes, the lack of infrastructure, water and resources; the tariffs and trade agreements that put pressure on us; the unfair competition, the bureaucracy, the threat of the CAP budget being cut, etc."
Therefore, he has demanded for the sector to be heard in order to find satisfactory solutions. "We will arrive in Madrid; we will arrive in Brussels, and that will not be the end. It will only be the beginning, because this is just starting," he said.