In the event, organized in Tomelloso, the president of Asaja, Pedro Barato, has defended the Food Chain Law.
The Agrarian Association-Young Farmers (Asaja) of Tomelloso (Ciudad Real) has celebrated the thirty-sixth edition of the ‘Day of the Winegrower’, framed in the programming of the Fair of the town of La Mancha. The auditorium López Torres’ has hosted the event. In the act, the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development, Francisco Martínez Arroyo, said that «the harvest has to be profitable for all links of the wine chain, starting with winegrowers, and I am sincerely convinced that this will be».
Martínez Arroyo has taken stock of the situation, confirming a stock of wine and must «much lower than last year», detailing that «nearly two million less hectares are in our wineries today than last year»which, together with a campaign that begins and that is going to be «very short», of around 20 million hectolitres of wine and must, make forecast profitability.
The minister recalled that in Castilla-La Mancha there are «80,000 winegrowers who make possible the miracle of wine», an agri-food product that is «linked to our way of understanding life, to the Mediterranean Diet» and that reaches every year 150 countries «bearing the name of our land», wines «with a quality and traceability that cannot be offered elsewhere». Martínez Arroyo has vindicated «what we are», with the product that «best represents us, which is wine».
During his speech, the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development said that «in times like these, it is worth recognizing that things go well and that there is profitability in the agri-food chain», recalling that, in turn, wealth is generated in the peoples of the region.
During the campaign of horticultural products such as melon, watermelon or onion, Martínez Arroyo explained that there are «historic prices in the three products», which provide employment in rural areas and are the engine «of the social economy of our peoples»which is based on the cultivation of these products «and on professional agriculture», he said.
«Together we make a powerful sector, a profitable sector,» said the minister, defending that «political stability is a value that helps companies to invest in our land» because here «we are working every day and we will continue like this», because it is «clave» dedicate ourselves «to what we have to do».
For his part, the national president of Asaja, Pedro Barato, has assured that «the Law of the Chain is an instrument that, if we are able to play well together, can benefit us». In this sense, he has urged the Ministry of Agriculture, which has the powers of control, to pursue and punish those who violate the law. For its part, Asaja Ciudad Real will create an exclusive legal cabinet to ensure that everyone executes it. «If we all put ourselves to work in favor of the Law, we will do better,» said Barato.
The president of Asaja has not forgotten the water, fundamental for the sector, because without water the countryside dies. Cheaply he took advantage of his intervention to demand hydraulic infrastructures that would ensure the future of the rural world.
Finally, he pointed to production costs as the big problem of the agricultural sector at the moment. Here, the president of Asaja has asked for a commitment that once and for all irrigators can count on double electricity tariff. «We want to pay for the light, which is already expensive, when we consume it,» he said. Pedro Barato has lamented the rise in energy costs since the entry into force of the gas cap.