Greece: Cries of anguish for oranges, the state should do something, trade is not moving

Fresh Orange
Market & Price Trends
Innovation & Technology
Published Apr 19, 2024

Tridge summary

Greek citrus producers are currently struggling with the economic pressures brought on by the importation of low-priced Egyptian oranges, which are significantly undercutting local production and leading to unsold harvests. The challenges highlighted include fierce competition that dampens export enthusiasm, the effects of duty-free imports from North Africa, and a lack of residue checks on these imports. In response, producers are advocating for a series of immediate actions such as import controls, export support, and compensation for their financial losses. Additionally, they propose using the 2024 Olympic Games in France as a platform to promote Greek oranges on an international scale. The situation is further complicated by the high costs of production and living, prompting calls for both the Greek government and the EU Commission to step in with support for local producers and to launch promotional campaigns for their agricultural products.
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Original content

Problems continue in our country with unavailable oranges, while at the same time we continue to import oranges from Egypt at low prices that domestic production cannot compete with. Producers are calling for controls on imports for residues and a campaign to increase exports. Otherwise, if the Greek state wants to "support" the Egyptian economy, then it will have to simultaneously support Greek producers for the loss of income. Mr. Yiannis Karagiannis, citrus producer and president of the Agricultural Cooperative of Corinth, "during this period, the trade in oranges has "frozen". We have Merlin in the area but they are literally unclaimed. The problems start with the exports which are not interesting because of the competition from Egypt. But there are also imports into Greece from Egypt and this is outrageous to happen in a country that cannot absorb domestic production. We have a lot to offer and there is no commercial interest. No cuts are made and the oranges risk being left ...
Source: Agrotypos
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