`ASAJA Jaén Calls on Local Governments to Waive Property Taxes for Olive Growers

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ASAJA Jaén Calls on Local Governments to Waive Property Taxes for Olive Growers

Jul. 8, 2019
Daniel Dawson

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Jaén’s Asso­ci­a­tion of Young Farm­ers and Ranch­ers (ASAJA Jaén) has called on town and local gov­ern­ments to waive prop­erty taxes for olive grow­ers and oil pro­duc­ers this year.

Local gov­ern­ments have pre­vi­ously waived these taxes on other occa­sions, includ­ing in years with bad droughts. No local or provin­cial gov­ern­ments have yet com­mented on whether they will fol­low the organization’s rec­om­men­da­tions.

Olive oil is the main source of wealth in the province of Jaén. The col­lapse of prices that has occurred in the last year has put at risk the via­bil­ity of many olive farms and the eco­nomic capac­ity of farm­ers,” ASAJA Jaén said in a state­ment.

It is a fun­da­men­tal mea­sure to alle­vi­ate the con­se­quences that the fall in prices that has taken place dur­ing the last year has had in its rents and that has already been requested in pre­vi­ous occa­sions as in peri­ods of drought.”

Accord­ing to Poolred, an orga­ni­za­tion that tracks olive oil prices in Spain, aver­age olive oil prices have fallen by nearly 30 per­cent since this time last year and more than 40 per­cent since July 2017. At the time of writ­ing, a kilo­gram of olive oil was sell­ing for an aver­age of €2.18 ($2.46).

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These severe price drops have led to protests in the city of Jaén as well as calls to march on the Andalusia’s regional cap­i­tal, Seville, later this month.

Spain’s Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Fish­eries is cur­rently nego­ti­at­ing with the Euro­pean Union to allow the olive oil sec­tor to self-reg­u­late, which pro­po­nents say would increase prices by strate­gi­cally con­trol­ling how much olive oil is avail­able in the mar­ket.


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