The Regional Minister of Agriculture of the Canary Islands, Alicia Vanoostende stated that, despite the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union, exporters would continue to receive aid to ship tomatoes and cucumbers to the British market–the main Canarian products destined for that market–, as well as subsidies from the Community Support Program for Agricultural Productions of the Canary Islands (POSEI) to market these products.
Vanoostende said that a new aid scheme had been established in the POSEI program and that a new subsidy had been created in consultation with the Spanish government to support the adaptation to the new market situation. The new subsidy is similar to the previous transport subsidy and is intended for those growers who can no longer benefit from the support scheme for exports to the UK.
The Regional Minister said her department was "carrying out a study with each of the Canary Islands tomato exporting companies to assess their situation and propose changes aimed at reorienting crops and increasing these companies competitiveness."
Vanoostende made this announcement on her visit to the San Nicolas-Coagrisan Agricultural Cooperative Society, which is currently amidst its tomato harvest. The Minister met with the general director of Agriculture, Augusto Hernandez, the president of the cooperative, Juan Jose del Pino, and its manager, Roman Diaz, to explain the actions that the Ministry was going to take to guarantee the survival of the sector.
Source: Efe / lavanguardia.com