Asaga Canarias Asaja called on Wednesday to encourage Canarian consumers to prioritize, in their purchases, locally sourced potatoes over UK productions that have begun to arrive in the archipelago. The organization estimates that there are currently nearly five million kilos of potatoes in the cold rooms of different Canarian cooperatives, both in Tenerife and in Gran Canaria, waiting to be sold.
This volume will have to compete at the points of sale with imported potatoes, which will have lower prices as their presence in the markets increases, complicating the sales of Canarian potatoes that have higher prices due to the high production costs farmers have to incur in to produce potatoes in an ultra-peripheral, insular, and fragmented territory, which has a negative impact on the profitability and viability of their farms, stated Asaga Canarias.
The president of the organization, Angela Delgado, stated that consumers should always bet on the local production -especially in these times of economic crisis and when there is an abundant local potato harvest- because of their freshness, quality, and so that the wealth stays in the territory.
Since last January 1, 2021, potato imports must pay a 15% Excise Duty on Imports and Deliveries of Merchandise upon entering the Canary Islands. Last year, they had to pay a 10% tax.
This increase, which will be in force until 2027, was one of the demands of Asaga Canarias to the regional Executive during the renewal of this tax, which functions as a protectionist instrument to safeguard local productions.