Madrid (EFE).- The meeting of the Plenary of the Observatory of the food chain has started this Monday at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, a meeting to which all the links in the chain are called and which takes place after knowing the first brake on prices confirmed by the CPI for January.
The minister for this area, Luis Planas, is expected to speak to the media at around 1:30 p.m. to detail the content of the meeting.
The Food Chain Observatory is a collegiate body attached to the General Directorate of the Food Industry created in 2015 under the Law to improve the operation of the food chain.
Representatives of four ministries and five autonomous communities are summoned to this forum, as well as union representatives from the UGT and CCOO and various Professional and Sectoral Organizations in the agri-food and fishing field.
Thus, the agricultural organizations Asaja, COAG and UPA are represented in the primary sector; the Agro-food Cooperatives of Spain and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Guilds.
The transformation sector is part of the Spanish Federation of Food and Beverage Industries (FIAB) and the meat (Anice) oil (Anierac), brewers, Brand Products (Promarca) sectors.
They are also called the CCOO and UGT industry federations.
And, on behalf of commercial distribution, the Spanish Confederation of Commerce (CEC), the employers’ associations ACES – which brings together El Corte Inglés and Carrefour, among others; Anged and Asedas, which represents large chains such as Mercadona, DIA or Lidl.
Likewise, the National Confederation of Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Companies of Spain (Coemfe) and the National Federation of Retail Entrepreneurs of Fish and Frozen Products (Fedepesca) are represented in this plenary session.
On the consumer side, the Spanish Confederation of Consumer and User Cooperatives (Hispacoop) and the National Civic Union of Consumers and Housewives (Unae) are part of this forum.
Spokespersons from other organizations in the chain that are not part of the Observatory, such as Cepesca or the Interalimentary Forum, have also been invited.
The deputy secretary general of the Union of Small Farmers (UPA), Cristóbal Cano, stressed before entering the meeting that farmers and ranchers are not responsible for the rise in prices for consumers, so you have to look ” in industry and large distribution, in their accounts and their profit increases” in recent months.
Cano has demanded that the law of the food chain be complied with, that producers be “shielded” and “protected”, and from there that measures be put in place to contain prices and favor consumers, but “without crossing that line red which is the chain law”.
And he has urged to extend the VAT reduction to meat, fish, honey, preserves and dairy derivatives such as yogurts, and has demanded greater support from the administrations while the “commitment of farmers and ranchers with the society”.