MADRID, 5 Ago. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Asaja has warned of a "hot autumn", with new mobilizations in Spain by farmers and ranchers in the face of the "unsustainable" situation that the agricultural sector is experiencing and the "clamorous lack of response" from the Government, as reported in a statement.
Specifically, the president of the agrarian organization, Pedro Barato, plans to propose to his board of directors to start a new phase of mobilizations of the agrarian sector throughout Spain for next autumn.
Asaja pointed out that the runaway increase in production costs, prices at origin that do not allow a minimum profitability to be achieved, widespread production losses as a result of the drought and an autumn plagued by uncertainties and bad omens, make the situation "unfeasible " for farmers and ranchers.
The agrarian organization recalled that the protests have already been taking place in different parts of Spain since the beginning of the summer in cities such as Valladolid, where the sector concentrated in front of the Hydrocarbon Logistics Company (CLH) due to the rise in the price of diesel B that continues to break all historical records, in Mérida in front of the headquarters of the Presidency of the Junta de Extremadura due to the lack of responses to the drought, while the last ones have been 'tractoradas' in Granada, Córdoba and Jaén due to "the ruinous situation "that affects all productive sectors.
The prospects for the next planting campaign are pessimistic. With skyrocketing inflation, the economy in decline, the serious energy crisis that threatens rationing, a tightening of financial conditions and new increases in factors of production (including wages with a new rise in the SMI) that cannot be transferred to the productions that go out to the market, farmers and ranchers seriously doubt whether they will be able to undertake a new planting campaign that will bring them more extraordinary expenses.
Asaja stressed that he also adds that the current drought has reduced practically all production, so the farms' income statements are going to suffer, even more so, in this difficult campaign, and he criticized that while the Government "continues ignoring the primary sector".
"It seems that this Government forgets the essential work that the primary sector performs providing essential food to society. If this task is interrupted, or production does not reach the market in the necessary quantities, it will be putting at risk not only the future of the agrarian sector, but also our food sovereignty", warned the agrarian organization.