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The mayor presented a motion in Parliament to support the sector of nuts (18/01/2010)

The Mayor of Totana, José Martínez Andreo, file a motion at Full Council to assist the development of nuts requesting both the Ministry of Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Murcia maintain complement current EU aid to the surface for nuts.

Similarly, through the proposal seeks to apply to these two agencies to implement a statewide recovery plan plantations for starting nuts and planting of new varieties, with the aim of modernizing production structures and renew those varieties are unsuited to the demands of consumers, and to fully control the volume and sanitary quality of imports, and imported product mixes state product, through the control of the vital need for traceability and labeling.

Also demand that those figures strongly support the protection of the quality of Spanish products, in general, or by indications of quality of production areas particularly in the context of the need to focus on quality and differentiation of nuts of the State to the production of third countries.

In this regard, the mayor has indicated that the area of nuts is back at the crossroads of deciding what will be its future in the coming years, following the recent adoption of so-called "health check of the Common Agricultural Policy EU European Union ", in which it is envisaged that the aid provided through the surface of the nuts that currently exists will be issued by Member States to farmers in the sector, according to objective and non discriminatory criteria, taking into account, in particular the support that those farmers received, directly or indirectly under the relevant support schemes for one or more years in the period 2005-2008.

Thus, given the price situation that comes across the sector, as noted Martínez Andreo, "aid nuts remains essential for the survival of the same, as the Region of Murcia is the second Community Spanish autonomous area of nuts and many jobs depend on it, both those who generate their own farms, such as cooperatives and private companies working through the almond production in Murcia. "

Moreover, "the almond is part of our landscape, our food and our culture and heritage is therefore keep and do not forget that if farmers who are dedicated to this crop does not have the necessary support, the almond crop disappear, with the environmental effects that this will lead, as it is without doubt one of the crops most environmentally friendly and more is working to halt the erosion that both face in our area, "he said.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana. Foto: archivo Totana.com

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