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Spain: Asprocan asks the Government of the Canary Islands not to Modify the Food Chain Law

19.2.2021

The Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands (Asprocan) asks the Government of the Canary Islands to act as an intermediary before the Ministry of Agriculture to prevent the modification of the food chain law from harming the banana sector of the archipelago. 

Asprocan considers that the modification of specific articles of the text, setting a minimum marketing price "will encourage the importation of fruits and vegetables", leaving around 30% of the local banana production outside the market and thus favouring the entry of imported bananas. 

The president of Asprocan, Domingo Martín, and the manager, Sergio Cáceres, met with the rest of the organizations represented with the president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, and with the Minister of Agriculture, Alicia Vanoostende. Parties called for future meetings, while the Government of the Canary Islands, according to the Executive, "continues to exercise its work as a mediator and territorial interlocutor" before the Ministry to "resolve the situation and guarantee Canarian interests in the articles of the law". 

Domingo Martín recalls that the period for the presentation of amendments to the law ends this week, so "time is short." "We hope that they act with rationality because decisions that only affect the Canary Islands cannot be made from Madrid." 

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