A total of 54 avocado producers in the Axarquía have been waiting for more than a month to be able to collect the crops they sold to the company Apaya Europe S. L., based in Vélez-Málaga, between November and December. As they have reported on Wednesday about twenty of them at the doors of the ship, they owe them about half a million euros, with very different amounts, ranging from 8,000 to 50,000 euros per producer. Farmers have explained that last year they sold their crops "without problems" to this company.
However, this campaign has barely received the fruit they have delivered to this company, which is owned by at least two businessmen of French origin, as explained to SUR Encarni Molina, one of those affected. "They paid us a first farm, but then the second one, they owe us 31,000 euros," said this neighbor from Algarrobo, who has her avocados planted in Sayalonga. "The lawyer who takes matters has told us that they offer us a 50% discount, that is outrageous, we will not give up the price we agreed," said this farmer.
According to Molina, the financial problems of Apaya Europe S. L. not only focus on the producers from whom they bought the fruit, but also owe "significant amounts" to other companies, transport and supplies, of up to 200,000 euros in some cases. "For now we wanted to go for good, claiming what is ours, but we have already contacted a lawyer to advise us," said this farmer.
For its part, the company's lawyer has assured SUR that the businessmen are reviewing the documentation, "because they suspect they have been deceived by the person responsible for the purchases, who either inflated the invoices or sold outside of them", He explained, while admitting that he "understands" the nervousness of farmers. «They have hired an economist and are studying all the documentation, the money is in a checking account, available, the ship has been closed to avoid having more affected, although it seems that there will not be enough money to be able to pay everyone what was agreed with them «, said the lawyer.