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Win Totana IU rises to Parliament a motion of "Rejection of the measure approved in the European Parliament seriously damage to the citrus sector in Spain" (18/10/2016)

The citrus industry has a great role in the economy of the southeast Spanish, and traditionally in the Valley Guadalentín.

At a time when the products are being modernized, the agricultural sector faces fierce competition from other countries that see extended its facilities when exporting products to Europe.

Specifically, South Africa, which already ranks as the second largest exporter in the world only behind Spain, sees improved its export conditions by a recent agreement by the European Parliament in which an extension of the import of South African product is collected in the EU in November and progressive reduction of tariffs until their possible total disappearance in 2025.

"This measure is a frontal attack on farmers / as and workers / as cultivating fields, such as the / as involved in the processing chain of the product. Some of our farmers are forced to sell oranges to 30 cents / Kilo in the tree, while imported reach astronomical prices in supermarkets. "

The trade process support import orange South African, is the clear detriment of our producers as well as consumers, since the quality and phytosanitary treatments in the EU are very severe to ensure maximum product quality is not guaranteed who come to our table.

Proof of this are the cases of orange imported from this source with dangerous pests such as the "Black Spot" produced by the fungus "Guignardia Citracarpa" and "Greening", carried by an insect that devastates entire plantations in other countries and constitutes a danger contagion in Spanish crops.

The recent vote in the European Parliament, suspending tariffs with South Africa from July to November has been supported by MEPs Popular Party and the abstention of the Socialist Party, has been as it can not be otherwise, harshly criticized by agricultural organizations , which already warned of the threat posed by this measure to Spain and injury to companies, freelancers and employees in the sector.

"From Winning Totana Izquierda Unida, we are positioned seamless for our farmers Sector Citric. According to the Ministry of Agriculture in 2015 Murcia produced 133,000 tons of oranges and 112,000 mandarins. We also ask that health guarantees are respected that apply in the European Union as well as a fair price to farmers and consumers. "

"Therefore, we express our all to the measure recently approved by the European Parliament for reducing tariffs and expanding until November for the import of citrus fruit from South Africa to the European Union to be clearly detrimental to our interest and create a risk rejection for Spanish citrus sector. As also condemn the / as MEPs / Spanish as, far from defending the interests of our Spanish farmers and Murcia, have supported or voted in favor of this harmful measure, hurting a productive sector that already suffers low purchase prices and other difficulties. "

Source: Ganar Totana IU

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