Representatives of the agricultural organization in Spain participated in the Viniculture Sector’s Steering Board Meeting that was hosted yesterday at FENAVIN
The Steering Board Meeting of the national wine-producing sector was hosted yesterday at the National Trade Fair on Wine with the representatives of ASAJA from all over Spain, during which three agreements were reached, among them unanimous opposition to the liberalization of vineyard plantation throughout the country, liberalization that is proposed in the European Union's Common Market Organization (CMO), the same foreseen as of the year 2015.
The national President of Asaja, Pedro Barato, pointed out that other common points were also agreed-upon during the meeting held yesterday at FENAVIN, such as modification of the national and European regulations in Spain's National Competition Commission with the aim of reaching agreements on the establishment of prices and, finally, support for the creation of an important pool of organizations in view of improving commercialization.
On the other hand Barato highlighted the excellent qualities and virtues of FENAVIN 2011, "as it is a true luxury to have a trade fair with these characteristics in Ciudad Real," then adding "I am deeply satisfied that Asaja has contributed with its two cents to the city becoming the country's and the world's wine capital."
Maintaining the markets
On his part the President of the winegrowing sector, Fernando Villena, was confident that the upcoming campaign will evolve in like manner to the past campaign, in which prices were decently low, which in turn attracted the interest of the markets.
The idea for the current year is to apply slightly different costs, perhaps a bit higher, as of the very beginning "in order to see if the markets continue to trust us." Notwithstanding, the representative of the vine growers was also convinced that the good results of the past campaign have not been a mere illusion "and we will certainly be capable of maintaining the markets."
In that pertaining to vineyard plantation rights, Villena coincides with Barato in the need for these rights to persist, "as practically the totality of farmers agree that they would rather continue with the possibility of wiping out plants and replanting; and Spain is actually in agreement with most of Europe's production areas, such as France and Italy.
The CMO is marking the year 2015 as the year for liberalization of vineyard plantation, with a maximum extension of the period reaching 2018 for the countries that so desire the same. This means that the CMO on Wine has set a final date for this plant mass management system, hence eliminating the only control mechanism on plantations that existed, elimination with which the Asaja vine growers of all of Spain are in complete disagreement.
Until now France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Cyprus, Luxemburg and Rumania have signed the petition to maintain plantation rights.
Finally, with regards to Castilla-La Mancha's Wine Strategy, Asaja's representative pointed out that, in principle, grouping of production is a positive thing, "but we must be very careful, because the sector is very sensitive and part of the sector is contrary to this regional proposal and they are awaiting possible outcomes." Notwithstanding, he insisted that Asaja is willingly in agreement with this proposal.
The agricultural organization ASAJA has its own stand at the trade fair, located in pavilion 4 (Osiris), lane A-1bis and A-2bis, and it will be organizing other activities during the celebration of this relevant international event, trade fair that it has always championed, ever since its first edition in the year 2001.