Economy.- Unión de Uniones denounces the lack of ambition in the proposed measures in the face of the sweet fruit crisis

The Union of Unions of Farmers and Cattle Ranchers, together with its territorial organizations, the Union of Pagesos and the Union of Extremadura
The Union of Unions of Farmers and Cattle Ranchers, together with its territorial organizations, the Union of Pagesos and the Union of Extremadura


 The Union of Unions of Farmers and Cattle Ranchers, together with its territorial organizations, the Union of Pagesos and the Union of Extremadura, has criticized the plan of measures for the improvement of the sweet fruit sector that was announced last week by the Ministry of Agriculture. Agriculture because it is considered “insufficient”, as it does not include any forceful solution or extraordinary management measure contemplated by the European Commission and that could contribute to improving the situation of the sector.

Specifically, the organization states in a statement that these measures for the Government’s sweet fruit do not include the start-up plan financed by the EU funds proposed by the organization, nor a second varietal conversion plan that could be financed with the General State Budgets. (PGE), aimed at improving the profitability of pear and apple farms in order to compete with countries such as France, Italy or Belgium.

The State Tax Law itself does not allow that is  taxed over income

The State Tax Law itself does not allow that is  taxed over income

Regarding the two measures proposed by Agriculture in the short term, the adaptation of personal income tax modules and the refinancing of loans, Union of Unions understands that the former “can not be considered as an aid”, since the State Tax Law itself does not allow that is  taxed over income, so if income falls, taxation should decrease.

Also, the refinancing measure with five-year loans may be useful for certain farms, but believes that “it will be difficult to avoid the abandonment” of the activity for the producers most indebted by the crisis.

On the other hand, Unión de Uniones shares that the sector itself has tools such as the economic district that, according to the latest developments introduced with the Omnibus regulation, offers possibilities to act on promotion issues, improving the quality of production, use of standardized contracts and production planning, for example, and that should be promoted in the plan.

Regarding the measures aimed at rebalancing the sector that depend on the Ministry, Unión de Uniones considers that it is “contradictory” to want large producer organizations (POs) that concentrate a lot of production, and, at the same time, leave out of the operational programs the new peach and nectarine plantations.

Union of Unions proposes to use the ‘blockchain’ technology

Union of Unions proposes to use the

In this sense, the organization points out that this resource could be used more, since in 2017 only 27% of the sector’s resources were used to deal with crisis management measures.

Regarding the measures aimed at organizing and restructuring the sector, Unión de Uniones also does not share the proposal of the Ministry to increase the recognition requirements for producer organizations with the aim of making them larger to concentrate the offer more, as it may represent a brake to the constitution of specific organic production OP or for those who want to bet on the proximity sale. This fact would imply that 30% could disappear.

Finally, the agrarian organization regrets that this plan does not include the obligation, by law, that producers and companies provide certain data, the only way to guarantee statistical secrecy. Union of Unions proposes to use the ‘blockchain’ technology, which allows to have data exchange in real time.

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