The agricultural organizations and cooperatives of the C. Valenciana initiate a joint mobilization plan.

The agricultural sector calls for protest actions in Alicante (February 12), the port of Castellón (February 15) and the port of Valencia (February 22).

Valencia, February 5, 2024.

The professional agricultural organizations of the Comunitat Valenciana, the Valencian Association of farmers (AVA-ASAJA), ASAJA Alicante, LA UNIÓ Llauradora i Ramadera, the Coordinadora Campesina del País Valenciano (CCPV-COAG) and the Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA-PV), with the support of the Cooperatives Agro-alimentàries de la Comunitat Valenciana, have established today a joint action plan to denounce the critical situation suffered by the agricultural sector and demand measures to all administrations.

This unity of action has set a first phase of mobilizations in the province of Alicante (February 12), the port of Castellón (February 15) and the port of Valencia (February 22). Depending on the reactions of the various administrations, agricultural entities do not rule out extending this calendar of protest actions, which are also occurring in other autonomous communities of Spain, in other European countries and even in Brussels or Strasbourg, as planned soon.

In parallel, the sector requests to hold meetings to transfer their demands with the Government delegate, Pilar Bernabé, and the sub-delegates of the Government of the Comunitat Valenciana, on the one hand, and with the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Carlos Mazón, and the councilors of Agriculture, José Luis Aguirre, and Environment, Salomé Pradas, on the other.

Valencian agricultural organizations and cooperatives warn that the crisis of profitability of farmers and ranchers is accelerating the abandonment of fields, which causes the depopulation of rural areas and the increase in food prices for consumers. The main demands of the agricultural sector are: reorient European policies, prioritizing European agriculture and making the European Green Pact more flexible; reciprocity in all new EU trade agreements with third countries, as well as a review and impact study of the agreements in force; reduction of the bureaucracy derived from agricultural policies, especially for small farms; making the digital farm notebook more flexible; greater phytosanitary control of productions from third countries; support measures for the adaptation of crops to climate change; avoiding the reduction of phytosanitary active substances as long as there are no proven effective alternatives; strict compliance with the Food Chain Law with express prohibition of selling at a loss; shock plan to alleviate the escalation of production costs; hydrological policy and planning, solutions to the problem of lack of aid to alleviate drought; asking the Ministry and ENESA for structural changes in agricultural insurance as a basic income tool, etc.