As has become customary in recent campaigns, the Union of Peasants of Castile and Leon (UCCL) and the potato producers have analyzed the situation of the sector in the autonomous community at an assembly that was held last August in Tordesillas (Valladolid).
According to the latest data published by Castile and Leon's Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, producers have planted 17,246 hectares of potatoes in the 2020-2021 campaign, i.e. 6.13% less than last year. Production is also expected to be lower than last year. Predictably –and according to this agrarian organization– consumption is higher than last year. Thus, since the production is lower and there is a higher consumption, prices paid to producers should be equal to or higher than last year.
However, the agrarian organization stated, the potato sector is facing a difficult situation as there are parties that continue to abuse their dominant position while the distribution and large packers continue to fight for their market shares based on pressuring the weakest link, the productive sector.
The Union of Peasants of Castile and Leon also stated that it hoped that Castile and Leon's potato interbranch organization, which is already in operation, becomes a useful tool for the benefit of the entire sector and that it has an impact on all links equally, including producers.