The mayor of Cieza, Pascual Lucas, took advantage of his presence on Monday at the meeting of the Local Agrarian Council to thank the agricultural sector for the way in which he has managed a campaign marked by the circumstances of the pandemic.
"In such complicated conditions, he has managed to carry out a campaign that was very difficult, with many uncertainties in international markets, but also with many implications in the internal market," stressed the councilor, for whom there is "there is a before and one after this situation, because the sector has done a magnificent job and in the end it has been a successful agricultural campaign ".Lucas's first words to the media, who gathered at the Cieza Farmer's Center before the meeting was held, were thanking the sector for how they dealt with the campaign during the pandemic.
This perception of the strength of the farmer and its potential to emerge stronger from the health crisis was shared by the heads of COAG-IR Cieza, and UPA Murcia, Andrés Marín and Antonio Moreno, respectively.
"Both the transport of seasonal workers and the conditioning of the fruit handling centers have led to increased costs, but the markets have responded.
We will have to wait for the balance," said Marín.Moreno agreed to highlight the increase in costs as a consequence of the security measures adopted by the health crisis, but considered that the current situation should not become an obstacle, but rather an opportunity to reflect on the need to protect and defend the sector primary in a pandemic situation.
In his opinion, "we have been able to connect with society and give citizens the feeling at any given moment that food could be lacking.
That food sovereignty is something that the European Union itself and the governments must value in order to realize that we cannot do without our agriculture and livestock.
"The health crisis and its impact on the stone fruit sector was the first issue addressed by this advisory body, which also left two clear messages for farmers.
One, to continue working on the processing of the Protected Geographical Indication file, concluding in the next few days the period of public exposure in the Official State Gazette after its registration.
Two, to support the repair of rural roads through the recently approved municipal budgets.
With this, according to Councilor Antonio Moya, "it is necessary to know what are the roads that the City Council is going to face because, since the rains in September, they have not been faced by the Ministry as it was promised in its day."
Source: Ayuntamiento de Cieza