In Aragon and Catalonia, the stone fruit thinning tasks are already being carried out, and the harvesting is expected to start in June, at which point the problems caused by the lack of laborers will become even more acute if the current mobility restrictions are still in force.
In the previous campaign, and according to the FEPEX stone fruit committee, 55% of the laborers came from the EU and of this percentage, 49% corresponded to workers from Romania who are unable to travel to Spain in this campaign. Another 30% corresponds to laborers from third countries, and 15% are Spanish.
The garlic campaign, which will kick off in early May in Andalusia and will continue in Castile-La Mancha, will also be affected by the lack of laborers, according to the Association of Producers and Marketers of Garlic (ANPCA).
FEPEX appreciates the Government's approval of measures to facilitate the temporary hiring of workers, but these have introduced restrictive mobility requirements which prevent the usual flow of seasonal workers from different autonomous regions.