Nevertheless, the president of Colican Cooperative, Antonio León, stated that his partners reduced their plantations by around 25% "due to issues with the financial aid and transport compensations and Morocco's competition. Those of us who have always devoted ourselves to this crop do not like this situation, but if we do not find solutions, we may have to close," added León. Colican has gone from 40 hectares last season down to 30 hectares.
"The situation is critical and unsustainable; we demand solutions for a sector which is a heritage for the South East and which is not receiving as much attention as other sectors," affirmed the mayor of Agüimes, Antonio Morales. An opinion shared by the mayor of Santa Lucía, Dunia González, who was critical about the delays in the financial aid and compensations.