By Cathy Elelman • 19 November 2019 • 17:00
THREAT: The protestors claim the agri-food sector is in “danger of extinction.”
CREDIT: ASAJA Almeria Twitter @ASAJAAlmeria
THOUSANDS OF Almeria fruit and vegetable producers took to the streets of the provincial capital on Tuesday morning to protest over what they say are major threats to the Andalucia agri-food sector.
Responding to calls from the UPA, Asaja, Coag, COEXPHAL and ECOHAL agricultural organisations, the action by what the ASAJA young farmers association claimed was 20,000 provincial protestors, coincided with demonstrations in Motril in Granada and Torre del Mar in Malaga.
Among those joining the demonstration in Almeria city was the national leader of the far-right Voz party Sanitago Abascal.
The protestors marched under the slogan ‘Our agriculture in danger of extinction’ prompted by what they maintain is a lack of balance in the market.
The Andalucia agri-food sector puts the blame on several factors, among them what they argue is a market with an unequal playing field for producers in European Union countries, where fiscal, environmental, social and salary costs are much higher than for producers outside the EU.
The regional agri-food sector cites issues like the low profitability of small and medium sized operations and the imminent risk of the disappearance of important crops.
In Almeria the protestors’ march started off at the Las Almadrabillas plaza in the city centre, going down the Avenida Federico Garcia Lorca, the Rambla Obispo Orber and the Paseo de Almería before ending up in Plaza Emilio Perez.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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