The Andalusian citrus growers, represented by Asaja-Andalusia, have decided to abandon the Intercitrus interprofessional due to its lack of activity, ineffectiveness, and lethargy, stated Ricardo Serra, the president of Asaja-Andalusia.
Asaja-Andalusia abandoned Intercitrus despite the relaunch of the interprofessional proposed since the beginning of the year, when the general secretary of Asaja-Alicante, Ramon Espinosa, took the reins of the organization.
Intercitrus' government commission met on Tuesday and decided that the entity will shortly open a headquarters in Valencia (Agrarian Chamber) and will appoint a full-time manager. "The goal is to achieve a minimum administrative structure that gives support and helps the interprofessional make progress in its activities, institutionalize meetings, both of the working groups and the permanent commission, and implement the action plan and the change of statutes," Espinosa stated.
"Andalusia is leaving Intercitrus even though it is back in business. It is an internal issue for Asaja, but it can be resolved through the dialogue of all territorial organizations. We are already working on this issue," Espinoza stated.
Cristobal Aguado, the president of AVA-Asaja, also disagreed with Asaja-Andalusia's decision. "No provincial or regional organization can change Intercitrus: the only thing it can do is decide if it participates in it or not; if it is more or less involved. Asaja will continue to be a member of the entity, with some group or another. This is what the Intercitrus statutes stipulate and the governing bodies of Asaja decide," Aguado stated.
At the end of 2019, the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, announced his support for the urgent launch of a campaign to promote the consumption of citrus fruits and to facilitate the process so Intercitrus could use the Valencian Community office in Brussels to lobby in the capital of the European Union (EU). Back then, Puig announced the hiring of specialized personnel in agrarian matters and that they would set up meetings with different departments of the European Commission.