Fruit & Vegetable Industry Starts 2022 Uncertain About Costs And Regulations
Producers and traders of fresh fruit and vegetables started the year uncertain as to what to expect from the development of the sharp rise in costs, inflation, the framework for Community aid, the application of the law on the food chain and labor reform.
The normative development of the common agricultural policy (CAP) will be completed in 2022 and it is essential that the national model includes access to direct aid for the whole sector, said José Maria Pozancos, president of Fepex, the federation of fruit producers and exporters. and vegetables.
In addition, the sector expects “interventions” in the fruit and vegetable sector for the CAP 2023/27 to be regulated this year during the revision of the regulations on the recognition of producer organizations and funds and operational programs. .
He also said that European stimulus funds due to the COVID-19 crisis should be used to improve the competitiveness and technological level of farms, and regretted that the budget for doing so was not commensurate with the existing challenges.
He also said they were waiting to see how the adaptation of the Chain Law to the trade obligations of Spain’s main foreign destination markets will be formalized, as domestic regulations are more demanding than regulations in other countries. from the EU which also export, such as the Netherlands. or French.
In addition, they will also follow how Brussels marks the transition to a new operating model via the Green Pact without losing competitiveness, in a context where there is already an “imbalance” which favors the growth of imports from outside the EU.
He also said that some of the outstanding tasks to be resolved in the coming months included researching how the new labor reform was going to be reconciled with the structural situation of the agricultural sector, which, for example, has six campaigns. months, or if the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will defend in Brussels the imposition of “green tariffs” on imports.
Pozancos said he was concerned that the rise in inflation in the coming months might not be a temporary but a structural problem because, if it did, it would be against a backdrop of rising costs and the whole model. production should be reviewed.
He also said that collaborative digital platforms should be encouraged in the industry to establish measures and agreements allowing wide exchange of information, with a view to planning campaigns.