By Catherine McGeer •
Published: 06 Feb 2024 • 7:00
Axarquía Agriculture in Crisis
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THE agricultural crisis is casting a long shadow over Axarquía in the province of Málaga. Following a year marked by historic drought, farmers in this vital region now confront an economically stormy start to the year. Large-scale protests in France and the subsequent ripples across Europe have triggered a sharp decline in vegetable prices, hitting Axarquía particularly hard. Local producers have voiced their concerns about a 50 per cent drop in prices, revealing the immediate impact on the farmers of Axarquía.
The recent blockades at the La Junquera and Irún borders, initially thought to be isolated incidents, have proven to be the tip of the iceberg. Spanish agricultural organisations stress that the challenges faced by their counterparts abroad resonate with their own struggles.
As Asaja (the farmers association) holds discussions to plan protests reminiscent of past disruptive tractor marches, the focus remains on the overall issue – the widespread impoverishment of the agricultural sector, a sector that was crucial for preventing food shortages during the pandemic. Among the demands laid out by unions is the delayed implementation of vital projects like the Axarquía desalination plant, exacerbating the chaos in a region that has been a significant job creator for decades.
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I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!
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