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Spain's Olive Oil Sector Calls for More Protests

Feb. 12, 2020
Daniel Dawson

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Five of Spain’s main agri­cul­tural orga­ni­za­tions announced a mas­sive day of strikes and protests across the province of Jaén for February 24.

The orga­ni­za­tions want pro­tes­tors to gather in the town squares of 97 munic­i­pal­i­ties across the province to demand fair prices for olive oil and more sup­port for tra­di­tional olive groves.

The orga­ni­za­tions have been embold­ened by the suc­cess of an ear­lier protest in Jaén in which four high­ways were blocked by olive grow­ers and oil pro­duc­ers. These protests resulted in a meet­ing between the orga­ni­za­tions and Luis Planas, the min­is­ter of agri­cul­ture, food and fisheries.

The Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA), the Association of Young Farmers and Ranchers (Asaja), the Coordinator of Agriculture and Livestock Organizations (COAG), the Agri-food Cooperatives of Andalusia and the Spanish Federation of Industrial Olive Oil Manufacturers put out the call to action on Monday.

They hope that fur­ther protests and dis­rup­tions will lead to more con­ces­sions from the Spanish gov­ern­ment and addi­tional pres­sure on Brussels for aid.

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