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Laying the cards on the table

For a sector where the trade results have suffered over the past few campaigns, the news regarding the continuation of the exceptional measures is more than welcome.
For the first time, the exceptional measures adopted by Europe following the Russian embargo, will not come too late. Without any discontinuity, they will come into effect on the 1st of July and will link up with the previous ones that end on the 30th of June.
“It will be the first time that the campaign starts off with a deterrent, which will be in effect from the first minute, before the prices drop and cost price is reached, therefore there will be less uncertainty”, Manel Simón, manager of Afrucat explains.
Nevertheless, and in spite of this optimism, it must be pointed out that the amounts to be withdrawn will only make up 30% of the amount withdrawn during the previous season. That is to say, it will affect 11,500 tonnes this year.
To the question as to whether this will be enough to ensure trade balance, Simón replies that “whenever the measures have come into effect, a psychological effect occurs that immediately causes a price rise. This is something where we already have experience.”
Furthermore, the general manager of Productions and Agricultural Markets, Fernando Miranda adds that “we would have liked the amounts to be larger, but I think they could be enough to ensure the management of the sector, taking into account that we have been able to find new markets.”
“The reduction of quotas has been applied to all the produce and to all countries and Spain is the second country that benefits most, after Poland,” Miranda specifies.
Spanish uniqueness. In Spain, a particular measure has been applied that has not been developed by other member states: using the withdrawn produce as payment in kind for its transformation into juice. This method allows large amounts of produce (peach and nectarine) to be absorbed over a very short period of time and transformed into a product with a long shelf life.
The price will be 0.26 euros per kilo, to which transport and produce adaptation will be added, whenever it is intended for charitable organisations. This co-funded aid is reduced to 13.45 cents if the produce is used for compost or is destroyed. “Obviously, we are more interested in developing the charity payment”, Simón states.

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