The need to ensure the supply of fresh food while guaranteeing the safety of workers has led the fruit and vegetable sector to implement prevention measures in production centers and in greenhouses, both to stop the spread of the coronavirus and to ensure the production process is not interrupted.
In Andalusia, from where an average of 600 trucks with 12,000 tons of fruit and vegetables worth 15 million Euro depart daily, a number of measures have been adopted, including the application of basic hygiene measures, such as the use of masks and hand washing, keeping a safety distance between people and avoiding contact with external company personnel involved in loading and unloading.
These regulations aim to prevent fruit and vegetable distribution from being paralyzed. Not surprisingly, the sector is facing a substantial increase in orders from EU markets due to production having stopped in Italy.
Fruit and vegetable sector asks consumers not to buy excessively, as there are enough supplies
In Murcia, Juan Marín, president of the organization of producers and exporters of fruit and vegetables Proexport, also called consumers not to buy excessively, since there are enough supplies. "The products that were out of stock yesterday are back on the supermarket shelves today."
"The Spanish fruit and vegetable sector has shown its ability to continue meeting the needs of consumers in this crisis scenario and we will continue to do so," said Juan Marín Bravo.
According to the president of Proexport, "the avalanche of buyers at supermarkets is undoubtedly causing stocks to run out at given times, but the products that were out of stock yesterday are now back on the shelves. This is due to the ability of companies to replace products within 24 hours, given the efficiency of their logistics processes."
Proexport is thus joining the government, business associations and consumer organizations in calling for calm and believes it is "vital not to panic and buy food 'just in case', causing people who may need it more urgently to be unable to get it."
They also insisted on the fact that companies and workers continue to work to guarantee the supply of healthy foods, both in normal situations and in extraordinary situations, such as the current one.