Galician agricultural cooperatives are working at full capacity to ensure the supply of fresh produce at this time. "Our work has become more difficult at this time, because we need to implement a series of internal control standards, but we are doing our best," says the president of the Galician Association of Agricultural Cooperatives (Agaca), Hixinio Mougán.
After the state of alarm was declared, consumers "lost their control a bit" and put producers in check. "One day, the demand almost doubled and that took a toll on the supply chain," he says. Still, the market supply is guaranteed. "There may be some delays in the supply of some exotic fruits, but for the rest things will continue as usual," he says.
According to Mougán, there has been a "very strong increase" with some products, like potatoes. "We have stopped shipments we had planned for other countries in order to supply the Galician market." This does not mean that the agricultural sector will not continue to export, as the borders remain open for the transport of goods. "We are not suspending these shipments, we are postponing them," says the President of Agaca, who hopes that consumer demand will return to normal in the coming days.