On September 13, UPA Huelva complained that there had been an increase in the essential costs of carrying out any business activity on a farm. At the time, the organization stated that farmers and ranchers must assume investments and go into debt to cover these increases without knowing if they will be reflected in the final price of their products.
"In parallel, the large food manufacturing companies and large distribution companies are already warning consumers that prices will increase due to a rise in raw materials and the cost of energy,” UPA stated.
"Since the main raw material for a food company is the food, and producers who provide this food also have to deal with an increase in costs, it is logical to think that the rise in prices announced by the large chains must be oriented, among other things, to pay the farmers and ranchers who supply the products adequate prices,” stated UPA.
UPA Huelva trusts that this is the case. “An increase in food prices can only be justified because of the increase in costs in each link of the food chain, which affect the product's final price. That, of course, includes farmers."
“If that's not the case, it is because certain links in the chain want to maintain margins, passing on an extra cost to consumers but without paying farmers a fair price that is in line with their production costs. This would only help to aggravate the speculation there is in Huelva's countryside,” UPA Huelva stressed.
Who will protect the farmers if this happens?
UPA Huelva emphasized that this is precisely the issue that isn't being solved. "Producers have to comply with new regulatory requirements and rising costs, and no one is worrying that they get paid a fair price so that the farms are profitable. They are in a weak position because they have a perishable product. That's why agriculture and livestock are the weakest links and so susceptible to being pressured and being helpless.”
UPA Huelva demanded that the administration realize how defenseless the agricultural sector currently is. "If they only make new demands and increase costs without providing real solutions so producers are paid appropriately in the agricultural and livestock sectors, more and more people will abandon the activity and there will be a shortage of products."