`Thousands Protest Low Olive Oil Prices in Seville

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Thousands Protest Low Olive Oil Prices in Seville

Jul. 11, 2019
Daniel Dawson

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Thou­sands of Andalu­sian olive farm­ers and their sup­port­ers marched on the Palace of San Telmo on Tues­day, the seat of the autonomous community’s pres­i­dent, to protest low olive oil prices.

The march was orga­nized by the Union of Small Farm­ers and Ranch­ers (UPA) and the Coor­di­na­tor of Agri­cul­ture and Live­stock Orga­ni­za­tions (COAG), both of which are call­ing for var­i­ous mea­sures to help out olive grow­ers and oil pro­duc­ers.

Among these mea­sures is the abil­ity for pro­duc­ers to self-reg­u­late and stricter enforce­ment of qual­ity con­trols at extra-Euro­pean Union bor­ders.

In spite of a recent rise in its price, olive oil is still sell­ing far below mar­ket value. Accord­ing to Poolred, an inde­pen­dent orga­ni­za­tion that tracks olive oil prices, vir­gin and lam­pante olive oil prices increased by seven cents last week to reach €2.119 ($2.380) per kilo­gram and €2.061 ($2.310), respec­tively. How­ever, extra vir­gin olive oil prices remained steady at €2.242 ($2.510).

Miguel Lopez, the gen­eral sec­re­tary of COAG Andalu­sia, said that prices should be above €3.00 ($3.36) per kilo­gram.

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Miguel Cobos, the gen­eral sec­re­tary of UPA Andalu­sia, blamed spec­u­la­tors and spe­cial inter­est groups for hurt­ing olive oil prices. He said that protests were likely to con­tinue until prices went back up.

We do not want more words, we want facts that solve the prob­lem,” Cobos said.

A sim­i­lar rally is planned for Sep­tem­ber in Madrid unless olive farm­ers and oil pro­duc­ers feel their voices have been heard, accord­ing to the rally’s orga­niz­ers. They are also not rul­ing out protest­ing in Brus­sels if the sit­u­a­tion does not start to improve.





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