The Unión de Pequeños Agricultores y Ganaderos (UPA) have decided to give oranges away in protest of the low prices paid to producers.
The area most affected is the Valle de Lecrín as the area’s main crop is citric fruit.
Boxes and boxes of oranges were literally given to around 200 small shops in the city of Granada, so that they could be given free to their customers together with a pamphlets explaining the dire situation in which citric-fruit farmers find themselves.
The Secretary General of the farmers’ union, UPA Granada, Nicolás Chica, said that they have spent years requesting the Principle of Reciprocity & Preferece from the EU, but to no avail.
This campaign consisting of giving oranges away to the end consumer is to turn them into the farmers’ allies by buying local citric fruits instead of those from other countries.
The Centro Comercial Abierto Granada is collaborating with UPA Granada because local shopkeepers are also suffering a critical situation.
(News: Valle de Lecrin, Granada, Andalucia)