Last Wednesday, COAG Almeria sent an urgent letter to the Ministry of Agriculture to request a meeting of the working group for fruit and vegetables, integrated by marketers and agricultural organizations, to address the price crisis that is currently affecting products such as cucumber, zucchini, tomato, pepper and eggplant. According to the Agrarian Organization, this price crisis has no justification, given that "at this time, due to the cold and Christmas, it is unusual for horticultural products to be sold for prices below the production costs. Moreover, we cannot ignore the market shares we have in the European Union, where we exceed 50%. In the case of cucumbers, we reach above 80%, for zucchini and tomato, it stands at 50-60%; for peppers, we exceed 70%, and for eggplant we almost reach 90% of the market share," says Andrés Góngora, Provincial Secretary of COAG Almería, who accuses large retailers of putting pressure on marketers to sell top quality vegetables at prices below the production and harvesting costs.
The Agrarian Organization is convinced that this situation is caused by the ineffectiveness of marketers to apply the crisis management mechanisms for fruit and vegetables of the CMO for fruits and vegetables.
Andrés Góngora believes that the meeting requested to the MAPA should be convened as soon as possible to be able to address this situation, seek solutions and apply exceptional measures for all farmers (whether or not they are part of a PO). "If the marketers do not act in a responsible manner, the Ministry must mediate to stop prices from plummeting, as this is taking a toll on the producers' income," he said.