The president of the Coordinator of Agricultural Producers and Ranchers (COAG) in the Region of Murcia, Miguel Padilla, acknowledged on Wednesday April 1 that the "stress situation" caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the "fear" of contagion have resulted in "a lack of laborers for the harvesting and handling of crops, and that this has caused a slowdown in the production."
However, Padilla said that the health regulations and safety distances are being strictly adhered to both in the transport of day laborers and in the plantations, while the number of workers in warehouses has been reduced to a third.
These “difficulties have resulted in all processes being slowed down in order to guarantee maximum safety, although this has not prevented the production from reaching the shelves of Spanish supermarkets and its destinations across Europe on time, said the president of COAG.
The start of the stone fruit campaign, which requires a lot of labor, has also been raising concerns. "The sector is facing a very difficult situation, with legislation changing from one day to the next," said Padilla.