In the orange growing regions of Spain the fruit is ripe, but instead of being picked and packed for export the fruit is rotting on the ground -- or being fed to sheep.
GV Pan Orange grove with oranges on ground
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CU Cluster of orangee Zoom to SV Others on ground
SV Fruit grower pulls oranges off trees and throwing on the ground (4 shots) (23)
SCU Piles of discarded oranges
SV Shepherds throwing oranges to flock of sheep
CU Sheep eating oranges
SV More oranges thrown to sheep
CU Orange zoom to GV Orange grove
SV Zoom to GV Orange Grove with empty packing casos in foreground
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Background: In the orange growing regions of Spain the fruit is ripe, but instead of being picked and packed for export the fruit is rotting on the ground -- or being fed to sheep.
For the orange growers of Valencia have fallen on hard times. The prices offered to 60,000 orange grove owners in the renion have fallen steadily for the past three years and a kilo (2.2 lbs.) of fruit on the tree is now worth less than half the price it would fetch three years ago. Oranges offered for picking by bulk buyers at the equivalent of half a new penny (one U.S. cent) a pound go unsold and have to be 1st to rot on the ground.
Only about 30 per cent of the crop has been collected and sent for export. Millions of fine oranges will go to waste. The trouble is that in the past 90 per cent of Spain's oranges have been sold in the Common Market countries. And Spanish oranges face Common Market tariffs. Tunisian, Moroccan and Algerian oranges have a tariff 20 per cent lower than Spain's.
Increased transport costs have also added to the crisis in the orange groves of Valencia -- most of which are run by families.
Income has been dropping while maintenance costs have increased. The situation is unlikely to improve in the near future. Spain has been seeking to join the Common Market -- so far without success.