“The downward spiral in tomatoes must be stopped”

Coprohníjar takes an important step in ecological and consolidates its position in the sector

Farmers are suffering from increasingly low profitability in tomatoes. Consequently, for this campaign Spanish production will see a drop in surface area of the previously star crop, the tomato, both in loose or ‘ball’ types and in typologies such as vine tomatoes. Outside our borders, added to the references framed in the commodity, the growing of others such as cherry tomatoes and even speciality flavours is increasing. As some organisations such as Coag and the NGO Mundubat ventured a few months ago, the macro-project in Dahkla could be the final straw for the sector.

The Chairman of Coprohníjar, Juan Segura, affirms that “tomatoes are in a dangerous downward spiral. If this is not corrected, we will crash.” The problems are not new, but they are being accentuated: imports from third countries with unfair prices are on the rise, costs such as the minimum wage, which will go up again over the next three years, are increasing, or the cost of inputs, which in the case of containers and packaging have gone up by around 30% in recent years. For this reason, he urges: “we need the Administrations to carry out quota controls on produce entry. The politicians must defend Spanish farmers.”

Amidst this context, Coprohníjar is maintaining a stability strategy, with an annual forecast of 34 million kg of tomatoes for this campaign, mostly small-sized, such as cherry tomatoes (28 million kg), and the remainder in vine and plum tomatoes.

The company from Almeria is maintaining the programmes with clients with whom they have been working directly for many years and continues to promote a continuous service, 12 months of the year, backing Spanish production and the growth in ecological crops, of which they already have around 100 hectares of surface area.

The team from Coprohníjar will be present at the fruit and vegetable trade fair, Fruit Attraction, where they may be found on stand 9B03.

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