Almeria farmers’ Cataluña trade concern

LOCAL TRADE: Affected by Catalan plan

TWO leading agricultural associations in Spain have warned of the continuing impact of Cataluña’s political instability on the province’s businesses.

The Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producers’ Organisations of Almería (COEXPHAL) and the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producers’ Organisations of Andalucia (APROA) have both reaffirmed agricultural business in southern Spain is based on a permanent commercial activity that requires social stability and legal security for its development.

Representatives have said that the recent events that are happening in Cataluña are having consequences in the business sector and to the image of Spain as a “solvent state able to guarantee its own constitutional order.”

Faced with this situation, APROA and COEXPHAL have called for the restoration of normalcy, social order and security in Cataluña as soon as possible to “preserve the confidence of the markets and customers in our country, essential for the horticultural trade of Almeria to develop properly.”

They add that “agriculture is the central economic pillar of Almeria and any incident affecting this sector, which employs more than 100,000 people, also compromises the future of the entire province.”

COEXPHAL includes 83 associated agricultural companies which represent 70% in exports and 65% of agricultural production.