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Visit at produce company Acrena and cooperation La Palma during tomato event, Spain


Labour costs of concern to Spanish growers

Strict controls on the presence of illegal workers, a shortage of skilled people and labor-intensive crops are all causes for the rise of labor costs in Spanish horticulture. Over the last year, costs have risen by 20 per cent, becoming a severe issue to growers.

This became clear during the field trip organized on the second day of the Syngenta We Love Tomato Event, where entrepreneurs from the snack tomato industry came together in Almeria. Participants paid a visit to the Syngenta demo greenhouse, cooperation La Palma and the modern produce company Acrena.

Love Tomato Event 2018 - Hortidaily
Greenhouses, greenhouses everywhere!

Love Tomato Event 2018 - Hortidaily
In the morning Scandinavian, Dutch and Belgium participants visited La Palma, a cooperation uniting 688 growers.

Love Tomato Event 2018 - Hortidaily
The packaging hall

Love Tomato Event 2018 - Hortidaily
In the Syngenta demo greenhouse

Another important subject to Spanish growers is closing the fresh produce chain. Growers and traders communicate more with their customers and especially to the entrepreneurs in the industry their business strategy is based more and more on the demand of the market and their customers' wishes. Next week we'll bring you a complete photo report of the visits and tell you more on how cooperation La Palma and of course also Syngenta take this into account.

Publication date: 3/9/2018, Arlette Sijmonsma,