Spain and other European countries have denounced the massive entry of tomatoes and summer fruit from Morocco and Turkey. The issue was addressed on Tuesday by the Ministers of Agriculture of the European Union in an Agriculture Council held in Luxembourg, which is organized twice a year and allows the Commission to review the situation of the various agricultural markets.
The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, said in a statement to Efeagro on Monday that there are concerns regarding "the situation of the tomato market, the imports from third countries and how our production is affected by these when it comes to prices and cultivated area."
"As far as tomatoes and summer fruit are concerned, Member States are reporting increasing pressure in recent years by imports from third countries, especially Turkey and Morocco. Thus, they are asking for the import agreements with those countries to be reviewed," says a document that was prepared for the meeting.