The president and the manager of the Association of Producers' Organizations of Plátanos de Canarias (Asprocan), Domingo Martín and Sergio Cáceres, appeared before the Parliament of the Canary Islands to discuss the situation of the banana sector before the application of the law reform to improve the functioning of the food chain. Martin and Caceres insisted that the sector couldn't establish a minimum price for the product, as the draft reform of the food quality law intends.
According to the Asprocan manager, the market will not pay the minimum price and Canary Island producers would have to stop selling millions of kilos or break the law, something they do not want to do.
The president of Asprocan, Domingo Martin, said that setting a price had serious drawbacks for the banana. He also said that Asprocan represented all the banana producer and marketing entities and that they all believe that the proposed law reform would have negative results.
Asprocan's manager, Sergio Caceres, insisted that the banana sector wants to compete on equal terms with the plantain sector, in which, he recalled, the economic and social conditions are much lower.
To do this, the representatives of Asprocan propose an amendment that allows the Canary Island banana to be sold at a loss.
Sergio Caceres said that the reform of the law transposed the community directive, a directive Asprocan has no problem with, and that the proposed law reform doesn't comply with it, as the EU treaty recognizes the need to establish policies that help alleviate the limitations of the outermost regions, such as the Canary Islands.
He also said that the banana market was global and that they could sell at a loss in Spain because it accounted for 1% of the total. Meanwhile, Spain is the only market for the Canarian product.
Source: Efe / canarias7.es