In the framework of a visit to Mercabarna and the Biomarket, the first wholesale market for organic food in Spain, the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, said that Spain could achieve the European Commission’s objective of making 25% of the agricultural production organic by 2030.
He stressed that Spain is at the forefront in Europe in terms of organic production, accounting for 9.3% of the total useful agricultural area devoted to this type of production, despite the fact that consumption is “way behind.”
In this sense, Planas said that the recently inaugurated Biomarket could help develop the promotion and distribution of these foods, so that they reach the public more easily. The Minister said that it is “a leading example for the sector, not only in Spain, but in southern Europe.”
In his speech, the Minister also mentioned the reform of the Food Chain Law, whose parliamentary process started this week, and which will make it possible to “improve the income of producers” and will ensure “greater transparency in price formation.”
Trust in the end of US tariffs
The Minister believes that the arrival of Joe Biden to the White House will lead to the end of the tariffs on European agro-food products that former United States President Donald Trump imposed.
The Council of European Ministers of Agriculture will ask the European Commission to accelerate contacts with the new US administration to be able to cancel the “unfair” tariffs “as soon as possible,” he said.