Июнь 19

Summer mangoes hit sweet spot for producers and consumers alike

Summer mangoes hit sweet spot for producers and consumers alike.

Mango farmers, however, are feeling the strain, as they face more than $250,000 in fines.

The state requires producers to take down their fields. And more than two dozen farmers have complained that production of the sweet yellow 바카라사이트fruit isn’t good enough to justify spending their own cash to protect it우리카지노.

A coalition of growers has proposed an increase to the state’s crop insurance program, which would require them to add at least $100,000 in production costs each year to shield the sweet mango.

But that isn’t enough for the producers, who say their annual costs far exceed what is needed. The group’s petition on Change.org, which has more than 700 supporters, called the new rules unreasonable and “an insult.”

If approved, the law would cover about 15 percent of the state’s annual crop insurance claims — or almost $7 million if passed — but the producers are fighting the changes on procedural grounds, arguing the payments won’t go toward the costs of production.

The government also says the increased payment amounts to an unfair tax on sugarcane producers.

State Rep. Steve Elam, a Democrat who represents parts of Miami-Dade and portions of Broward, is sponsoring a bill in the legislature that would repeal the increases, raising up to $400 million a year for state programs that support agriculture.

“This is another blow to our industry in South Florida, where the sweet variety of mango is the cornerstone of the Florida citrus industry and one of the most valuable parts of our state’s agriculture,” said Elam in an email to The Associated Press.

The government claims that by removing the extra payment, the farmers would pay less in the upcoming crop insurance period. But the producers say that because of the additional cash payments, it would take even more time and money to offset the annual loss of production, which they contend is far too high.

State law requires growers to increase crop insurance premiums for at least three years after they sell the sweet mango. In addition, producers have to provide producers with at least $10,000 in supplemental payments. Those payments have been growing in the past decade, though they also add to the producers’ monthly costs, they contend.

A spokesman for the Department of Agriculture, which administers the program, cnatyasastra.comould not provide additional information on the growers’ claims because the farmers are not allowed to provide a response to the petition. He said the department would not comment on pending litigation.