Producers of small crops of Murcia lose 19M € for lack of Plant Protection

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Partners to Proexport demanded the Ministry of Agriculture to have tools pest for next season

Minor crops (those using small areas of land) require the same plant protection that large tracts of farming since, the lack of permits direct losses carried 19 million euros in the Region of Murcia, that rise to the 1.000 million in the EU. This has been claimed Proexport producers in the Day “Minor Crops: An Opportunity for the Future “, organized by AEPLA, where they have requested that next season is not as complicated as all previous and finally they can have sufficient tools for their plantations.

“While occupying a small area, minor crops have the same problem facing problems like mildew, Alternaria, aphids and other, that more extensive productions, in return, small tools have authorized plant protection “, has highlighted the technical manager of Proexport, Abelardo Hernandez during his speech. These limitations hinder the development of the full potential of crops like celery, arugula, spinach, Artichoke and other minor that “in the Region of Murcia represent 36% the volume of export of vegetables (400.000 tn) and 39% export value (392 million)”.

Spain exports 1,2 million tons of minor crops (26% vegetable total), worth 1.290 million (30%). These data point to minor crops as “a product of high value – Hernandez highlights, allowing companies to diversify horticultural production “and also the risk, to avoid reliance on a single crop. Also, respond to consumer demand because otherwise “we would only orange or carrot in supermarkets”.

To tackle excasez authorization in Spain, the Ministry of Agriculture has just adopted an internal procedure for an expansion of use and cope with significant delay in crop protection solutions to date have suffered minor crops in Spain. The deputy general manager of Plant and Forest Health and Hygiene, Ministry of Agriculture, José María Cobos, and accompanying SGSHVF deputy director of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mary Shepherd, explained this mechanism and the mutual recognition, producers claim to incorporate the Spanish phytosanitary permits, tools that enjoy competing producers such as Italy.

Before the day, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, AEPLA and the Ministry of Agriculture and Water between different productions visited Proexport partners (Kernel Export spinach, Gs Spain celery and kohlrabi in Agrar Systems) and were able to learn about the difficulties in protecting these crops from pests and economic importance. “We had to pass many business opportunities and crops like spinach are now shedding 35% production “, José Antonio Canovas stressed Kernel Export.

In Torre Pacheco has been demonstrated technical economic and social importance of minor crops in Murcia and Spanish productions and technological development and require, and requiring the same phytosanitary resources to continue in the market.

“The process of expanding use can solve many problems but we have a significant delay in processing cases. The Administration has put us under and now the industry is the one tool that producers need to take the process forward “, concluded Hernández.

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