UPA-UCE Extremadura denounced that Conesa, the largest industry dedicated to the tomato sector, continued to refuse to raise prices to producers, further punishing a sector hit by low prices as a result of the abuse that the industry exercises.
“The attitude of Conesa, the largest tomato industry in the region in this negotiation, is inadmissible. They refuse to budge an inch to improve prices this season. Meanwhile, we have to put up with the rise in prices in other communities,” stated the general secretary of UPA-UCE, Ignacio Huertas.
The organization positively values the work carried out by the producer sector in the face of the industry's unshakable attitude when it comes to hiring and their attempt to pay producers as little as possible. "We think we are going in the right direction, despite not having achieved 100% of the goals we set," Huertas said.
UPA-UCE Extremadura expects this problem will affect the producer's contracts with Conesa. "They can't be allowed to keep paying such miserable prices to producers while they earn more and more money each year."
UPA-UCE has shown a firm and forceful attitude to achieve an improvement in the sector's prices. "We'll work based on the Chain Law to impose the corresponding sanctions before the AICA to preserve and guarantee a fair price for Extremadura tomato producers," they stated.