Tomatoes on the EU menu

Agriculture ministers of the EU are meeting today, Wednesday, to discuss the Moroccan tomato situation. Spain is asking for improved controls to prevent Moroccan tomatoes reaching the EU market at prices below those stipulated in the trade agreement.

Spain argues that if Morocco continues to introduce tons of tomatoes at lower than agreed prices, the losses suffered by Andalucian farmers could be as much as €400 million.

Also being discussed today is the proposed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and plans to reduce the budget for direct payments to farmers by €8 billion, 12% of which was destined for Spain.

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