The security commission made up of representatives of the Council of Tenerife, Civil Guard, National Police, COAG, EPS, Asaga and the Avocado Producers Association has agreed to promote an awareness campaign so that avocados that are not in official distribution channels are not purchased, where the traceability of the product is not guaranteed, as a measure that serves to regulate the price and quality of the product.
The counselor of the Primary Sector, Valentín González, summoned the members of the commission with the aim of establishing criteria to promote a line of actions aimed at protecting agricultural farms located in Tenerifesince “in addition to the problems that farmers must face, crop thefts, especially avocados, have been added in recent years.”
Greater avocado production on the island
In recent years, avocado cultivation has increased significantly in Tenerife, where more than 1,100 hectares are dedicated and it is the one that has grown the most in Canary Islands in the last five years, specifically more than 100%.
In addition, much of the fruit grown is sold in the local market, reports the Cabildo.
The meeting was held at the request of avocado producers and agricultural professional associations, who were concerned about the increase in thefts on avocado farms, after forcing the fencing of farms.