According to the Association of Banana Producer Organizations of the Canary Islands, the Canary Islands' banana sector could have losses of up to 100 million euro in sales after Spain's Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food decided not to continue negotiating benefits for island producers in the face of the new Food Chain law.
Banana producers from the Canary Islands are demanding, via Asprocan, their right to set prices in the market according to their production costs in the face of the massive importation of bananas. The group wants the sector to be exempt from the application of articles 9.1 c), 9.1 j) and 12 of the new Food Chain law, which in practice do not allow them to negotiate sale prices.
On May 14, the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas, visited La Palma and promised to continue negotiating to meet the producers' demands. However, in July the Ministry unilaterally announced it would relinquish any agreement it had made with producers.
The Canary Islands banana generates income of 430 million euro in the islands and 1,000 million euro per year in Spain, Asprocan stated.
To prevent further losses to the sector, the association has gone to the European Commission, based in Brussels, to denounce that the Spanish Government had abandoned the island's fruit by giving preference to the entry of bananas from other latitudes.
According to Asprocan spokesmen, there are reasons to state that the kingdom of Span has violated European Union law and, depending on the magnitude of the demand, the case could go to the Court of Justice of the Union European in Luxembourg.
The President of the Canary Islands, Angel Victor Torres, and his Spanish Government counterpart, Pedro Sanchez, spoke on August 11, but the rule is still in force for the entire sector and without exceptions.
The union said that more than 15,000 families depend on the sector that continues to work at a loss so it doesn't lose the market in the face of competition from other fruits that are cheaper due to their lower production costs. It should be noted that, unlike other countries that have agricultural production systems that are almost feudal, Canarian producers are regulated by labor and food safety regulations.