On Wednesday March 11, the Parliament of the Canary Islands unanimously approved a proposal to urge the regional government to negotiate a reduction of potato imports from May to September. The idea behind this is to support the crop's cultivation in the archipelago.
According to Francisco Déniz, the Canary Islands import about 7 million kilos of seed potatoes. Around 5.5 million of these are planted, so it is suspected that the rest are used for consumption, which is fraudulent.
The proposal also urges the Government of the Canary Islands to review the annual balance of the Specific Supply Regime (SSR), so that the import volume of subsidized seed potatoes can be adapted to the sector's real needs.
The Government of the Canary Islands has also been asked to continue promoting the consumption of domestic potatoes, as well as to keep working with agricultural organizations to increase the production and consumption of Canary potatoes and their marketing in establishments of the islands and in the hotel industry.
Furthermore, the Government of the Canary Islands has been urged to fight against unfair competition from foreign potatoes, promoting the expansion of the acreage (on a lease basis and promoting the incorporation of young growers) and organizing campaigns to back the local production.
The Government of the Canary Islands is also urged to eliminate from the SSR any aid for the import of seed potatoes originating in the State of Israel, as well as to stop granting institutional aid to companies and marketing operators of potatoes originating in Israel, and to develop fair and sustainable trade, also for the agricultural production entering the islands.
Source: Efe / lavanguardia.com