Melon-growers lose heart

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WATER MELONS: Valencia growers lose 30 per cent of cropPhoto credit: Pixabay

MELON and watermelon growers told the Spanish media that they are “desperate.” 

The pricethey are paid, between 5 and 15 cents a kilo, are even lower than last year, they said, added to which large-scale robberies are stripping the fields of around 30 per cent of the crop. 

Sources at an agricultural cooperative in Puzol (Valencia) said they are so disappointed by this year’s showing that some growers are debating whether to bother planting the typical and traditional summer crop next year. 

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“We are defenceless,” the cooperative’s president Mariano Aguilar said. 

“Those who pay us, pay what they want, which is less each year.  And those who rob us, get away with it.” 

Growers are used to losing the odd melon or so to passers-by, they said, but organised gangs know when to take the ripest fruit growing near the roads at times when there are few people around.


 

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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