UPA-UCE Extremadura has denounced in a statement that the proposal announced today by Agroseguro “will lead to the disappearance of cherry insurance in the north of Cáceres.” The agricultural organization considers that the measure leaves these farmers without the possibility of having insurance that guarantees the viability of their farms, since the conditions that are intended to be imposed due to the risk of rain “make insurance unviable.”
Thus, UPA-UCE Extremadura describes in its statement as “absolute disaster” the conclusions drawn from the meeting held this morning between Agroseguro, Enesa, the Group of Cooperatives of the Jerte Valley and the agricultural organizations of the region because it considers that Agroseguro leaves Extremaduran cherry producers “at the expense of the weather.”
The agricultural organization regrets that “the measures it has launched to improve the coverage of this insurance have not been taken into account”, something that is “fundamental” to guarantee the survival of cherry cultivation in the north of Cáceres.
Among them, UPA-UCE has demanded a reduction in the franchise from 20% to 15% in type of exploitation 2, as well as a decrease in it from 30% to 25% in type of exploitation 1. In addition, the organization asks to lower the cracking limit from 65% to 50% since farmers “will not be able to bear the costs of harvesting as they have a high percentage of damaged cherries.”
On the other hand, he considers it “unfair” that this proposal includes the last six campaigns, since 2023 has been an “exceptional” year with climatic circumstances that have not occurred since 1988.
“If this exceptional year is taken into account, the new penalties to be applied will force producers who have been insuring previously to stop contracting the insurance,” they reiterate from this agricultural organization.
2023, one of the worst campaigns
The Regulatory Council of the Protected Designation of Origin Cereza del Jerte, when it closed the 2023 campaign, assured that it was one of the “worst in the last 35 years” due to the intense rains that fell at the end of May and beginning of June. The rainfall began when the harvest had barely begun, causing the already ripe cherries to crack and rot due to excess moisture.
The DOP, in fact, confirmed that 30% of the cherry and cherry harvest could be saved, which was expected to be between 35 and 40 million kilos. The economic losses amounted to 70 million euros, according to an estimate by the president of the Protected Designation of Origin, José Antonio Tierno. “A drama for the families of Jerte,” he said.
Likewise, he considered at the time that the Government’s aid was “insufficient”, but recognized that “less is nothing.” «It does not serve to alleviate the losses of farmers, nor the lack of their income. “They help reduce production costs, but they do not go much further,” he declared.