`Rallies Planned to Protest Olive Oil Prices in Seville

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Rallies Planned to Protest Olive Oil Prices in Seville

Jun. 18, 2019
Daniel Dawson

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The heads of the Union of Small Farm­ers and Ranch­ers (UPA) and the Coor­di­na­tor of Agri­cul­ture and Live­stock Orga­ni­za­tions (COAG) have called on Andalu­sians to protest record-low olive oil prices in Seville next month.

The rally, which is sched­uled for July 9 in front of the San Telmo Palace in the Andalu­sian cap­i­tal, will also serve as a moment for lead­ers of the provin­cial olive oil sec­tor to demon­strate the pop­u­lar sup­port for var­i­ous mea­sures.

These mea­sures include the impo­si­tion of more self-reg­u­la­tion mea­sures in the sec­tor, the inves­ti­ga­tion of unfair busi­ness prac­tices and strength­en­ing qual­ity and prove­nance enforce­ment mech­a­nisms, among sev­eral oth­ers.

“[We have] to inves­ti­gate what is hap­pen­ing with the olive oil mar­ket,” Miguel Lopez, the gen­eral sec­re­tary of COAG Andalu­sia, said. And self-reg­u­la­tion mech­a­nisms have to be applied. We have a prod­uct of the high­est qual­ity, which can not be sold as if it were low cost.”

We are not going to stop,” Lopez added. We com­mit­ted our­selves to help olive grow­ers solve these prob­lems, and that goes beyond price increases. We can­not keep los­ing.”

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