The Ministry of Agriculture in Spain announced the beginning of the process of public consultation of the new royal decrees on recognition of producer organisations and operational programs for fruits and vegetables.
The General Director of Productions and Agricultural Markets, Fernando Miranda, has met in February with the organizations representing the fruit and vegetable sector in order to carry out the usual monitoring of the market situation and inform them of the latest legislative developments.
It has announced the beginning of the process of public consultation of the new royal decrees on recognition of producer organizations and operational programs for fruits and vegetables.
In relation to the market situation, the meeting showed the impact of the severe weather conditions of the months of December and January in the different productions. Thus, in the case of horticultural products, low January temperatures have caused a significant slowdown in fruit production, with the consequent reduction in supply and price increases.
It has also been verified that the impact of weather condisions has been worse in other producing countries. Given this situation, Spain has been able to maintain the supply, albeit with smaller quantities.
In this context, the different organizations have agreed that production levels, in the case of greenhouse productions, will recover in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, outdoor vegetables are expected to have a slower recovery, especially lettuce.
On the other hand, the Ministry has presented to the sector the projects of new royal decrees that will regulate the recognition of producer organizations and the fruit and vegetables operational programs.
It has been pointed out that the change in national legislation is motivated by changes in Community legislation (two new EU regulations are expected to be published in the coming months).
Finally, the Ministry has submitted a new provisional version of the Environmental Guidelines for sustainable operational programs for fruit and vegetables. These guidelines include new actions, such as green subscribers, the use of compostable plastics, the use of vegetation cover, the certification of the water footprint or the use of vegetable compost. All this with the aim of promoting the application of agricultural practices in a beneficial way for the environment.
The Ministry will send the Guidelines to the European Commission to make the relevant observations, for which it has a period of three months.
It is expected that the new legislative package on the fruit and vegetables regime will enter into force in the coming month of May.