Thursday, February 29, 2024

Aesthetic defects forced 115 tons of lemons to be thrown away

The farmers did not experience their best chance, especially on the border between Spain and France, where the transport of fruits and vegetables was boycotted because of the environmental policies of the European Union. However, in addition to the problems caused by the protests, farmers were forced to leave the lemon harvests in the ground due to the high cost of production and the little money paid to supermarkets.

In the Telecinco program “The Critical View,” two farmers confessed that the supermarkets do not pay enough for this product to make it profitable for the farmers. Faced with images of lemons lying on the ground, the journalist Ana Terradillos said the following: “It costs more than twice as much to produce it as to sell it, the image is devastating, it is sad; and it’s terrible. “

According to the reporter who was sent to Orihuela, Alicante, “Lemons like this cost 28 cents per kilo to produce, and the wage is 8 cents… that is, they are paid for the lemons that are suitable for consumption, the nice. .” Due to the needs of supermarkets and food chains, farmers have decided on their products.

An unsustainable situation

Francisco, one of the affected farmers, pointed out that the supermarket chains are currently more in demand than before, and if the lemons have any superficial damage, they will no longer buy them. “If the lemon has a small stain or any superficial aesthetic damage, they will no longer buy it from you. “This time I had to throw away about 115 tons of lemons, which is about 45% of the production,” he said.

Talking about why the lemons were left on the ground, Miguel, another farmer, explained that the lemons don’t stay on the tree because “the tree has to work hard to maintain it, so next time there won’t be any this.” and are thrown away. Lemons off the tree cost about 6 cents.”

“They pay us about 8 cents and in the supermarket they are 1.90 euros. “We are in a problem; we don’t know where the margin is or where that money is,” said the farmer. In addition, he emphasized: “They paid us 8 cents for half of the harvest because they didn’t pay us the rest because they were lying on the ground; they didn’t pick it up.”

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