Ramón Espinosa Sáez, representative of ASAJA Nacional for the branch of production and agricultural professional organizations, has been appointed new president of the Spanish Interprofessional for oranges and mandarins, Intercitrus.
Espinosa says that “over the next year, we will try to continue the work carried out by the previous president, Enrique Bellés, and Cooperativas Agroalimentarias, given that much progress has been made with the interprofessional's operations thanks to the willingness, spirit and capacity for dialogue of the previous president.”
The president said that he now has "the extra motivation to strive for a better organization of the sector and of the orange and mandarin supply within the interprofessional."
Some of the main objectives that Espinosa has set include consolidating the corporate headquarters and opening an office in Valencia; building an effective administrative structure that can give a boost to the interprofessional's activities; and to institutionalize meetings, both of the working groups and the permanent commission, in order to implement the action plan that has already been approved.
Espinosa also wishes to work on values such as the promotion of a positive, proactive attitude and to focus on what unites us. However, he says that "the objectives or challenges will depend on the willingness of the parties involved to reach agreements." The new president stressed that "in the orange and clementine sector, there are more things uniting us than separating us, and we have to focus on working as one."
For his part, Enrique Bellés, who is leaving the presidency, wished to convey a "very special thanks to the organizations that make up Intercitrus, for having supported the presidency that I have held, always with willingness to debate and a constructive attitude at all times."
Challenges for the sector
The interprofessional is going to focus on key issues, such as the export of citrus fruits to the United Kingdom in the new post-Brexit era; the promotion of citrus consumption; the overcoming of obstacles to access new markets; the correct functioning of the food chain; third country agreements and the lack of reciprocity; pest issues and phytosanitary threats; and the recovery funds from the European Union.