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Spanish strawberry producer denounces unsupportive attitude of intermediaries

A strawberry producer in the Spanish municipality of Palos de la Frontera has denounced the unsupportive attitude of intermediaries on social media for trying to take advantage of the critical situation caused by the coronavirus in the agricultural sector. The producer said that he received a call from the cooperative where he delivered the fruit harvested during the day, in which they informed him that he would be receiving 0.40 Euro per kilo, when it is known that "the production cost of that kilo exceeds 0.60 Euro, including labor."

However, the strawberry producer said that he feels "the greatest frustration when he goes to supermarkets and greengrocers in Huelva and finds strawberries sold for up to 2.80 Euro per kilo, when these stores are located within 20 kilometers from my farm.”

The grower, who admits that "we see ourselves in the social and moral obligation to continue enduring the restrictions in place due to the current state of alarm," wonders what would happen "if the sector just finished the campaign and fired the thousands of foreign workers who, due to the closing of the borders, would not be able to return to their countries of origin and would roam the streets without a home or money.”

Lastly, he says that "a committed agricultural producer has a duty to supply the fruit markets," but warns: "I don't know how long we will be able to go on if we continue to be abused and exploited."



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