The president of the agricultural organization APAG Extremadura Asaja, Juan Metidieri, has expressed his “discomfort” at the fact that non-rice producing countries “impose” criteria on those that do. In this way, he has spoken out after the latest approval made by the Environment Working Group of the Council of Europe, which has decided to validate a proposal to increase the maximum level of residues in imported rice, among which is tricyclazole, whose Use is prohibited for European rice farmers.
According to the agricultural organization, all 17 member states of this working group in the European Union voted and only six countries, including Spain, opposed the proposal. “But the other party won, made up of central and northern European countries, mostly countries that do not produce rice, but that are going to decide on those for which this production is essential,” he criticizes.
In this way, APAG Extremadura Asaja does not understand how, in the midst of restrictions in Europe, in agriculture and livestock, non-EU products can be allowed to enter “under any conditions.” «Not only are plantations or irrigated lands financed in other non-EU countries, which what they do is offer a situation of unfair competition, as is the case of Morocco, but, in turn, those products that we receive for Europe, which to us “We are prohibited, they are allowed and authorized,” he points out.
Thus, he affirms that if the European Commission does not rectify this “anti-agriculture” policy, in his opinion food sovereignty is more than at risk.