Miguel Lázaro, a flower grower from Cádiz, predicted the consequences that the health crisis would have on the flower sector, and switched from ornamental plants to watermelon cultivation when the coronavirus was giving its first blows. However, many other flower growers in the province who continued with their activities weren't as lucky. The coronavirus left them without the sales of the busiest time of the year, when Easter, Mother's Day and the season of religious ceremonies take place.
In the Northwest Coast there are some 350 hectares under plastic devoted to cut flowers, and according to Coag's estimates, there may about 100 hectares left after the current situation. Nothing compared to the best period ever for the crop, when the acreage reached 1,200 hectares. "Before the housing bubble, there was a cut flower bubble", says Luis Manuel Rivera, head of the sector at Coag-Andalucía, who assures that many farms are doomed to go out of business.
Reduction of tax modules: a long-standing demand from the sector
After being excluded from the approved tax reductions for the agricultural sector, flower growers demand a reduction of the personal income tax modules, but their time and patience are running out while the central and Andalusian governments shift the responsibility from one to the other.
The head for cut flowers of the agrarian organization recalled that the reduction of tax modules is a long-standing demand from the sector, since the current scale dates back more than thirty years, when flowers were worth more money and production costs were much lower, given the lower expenditure in plastics, plant protection products, fertilizers and labor.
According to Coag's estimate based on the damages suffered last year, the flower growers request a reduction of the module to 0.16, half of what is currently in force.