La Union Extremadura Union has submitted a complaint to the Food Information and Control Agency (AICA) against horticultural centers for breaching the Food Chain Law's formalization of fruit sale contracts.
They requested the inspectors of the Junta de Extremadura to go to the facilities of the companies that are currently receiving fruit to demand that they display the corresponding purchase and sale contracts.
The agrarian organization stated that the law establishes the obligation to draw up a contract for the sale of the product, which must be signed before the fruit is delivered at the plant and must include, among other issues, the price of the fruit taking into account the effective cost of production. The contract must also stipulate the payment schedule, which must be paid within 30 days of delivery because it is a perishable product.
Good price prospects
Extremadura's stone fruit marketing campaign is starting and the region's producers are already harvesting the earliest varieties of cherries and apricots.
According to the Union, the campaign begins with good prospects in terms of prices, mainly because there will be a 40 to 60% decrease in production due to the impact of the frosts of April 6 and 8 in Europe.
The cherry campaign has started with good prices, although the rains of the last few days have affected an important part of the production of the earliest varieties. The apricot is being harvested at a good pace, although with productions of 80% compared to last season.