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PortCastelló and Regional Ministry of Agriculture team up to make Castellon’s production sectors more viable

26 February 2024

 

  • Ibáñez: “We say loud and clear that Castellon’s products are a priority for the Regional Ministry and for the port, and in this respect the two authorities will stand together”
  • The Regional Minister for Agriculture points out that the two authorities “are in total harmony and we are there to fight and pull together”

26-02-2024. The Chairman of the Port Authority of Castellon, Rubén Ibáñez, today welcomed the Valencian Regional Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, José Luis Aguirre, at a working meeting held at PortCastelló’s offices at which both institutions joined forces to “make the province’s production sectors more viable.”

The get-together comes after the Port’s Board of Directors meeting held last Friday agreed to a potential review of changes in the rebates for the province’s strategic sectors in the next Business Plan.

Speaking to the media, Ibáñez underlined that this is “a shared commitment between the port and the Regional Ministry” and “we say loud and clear that Castellon’s products are a priority for the Regional Ministry and for the port, and in this respect the two authorities will stand together.”

In terms of the change in the rebates, the head of the Port Authority pointed out that this review “dates back to previous governments and previous boards of directors” and so “at the moment we cannot undertake this de facto review because we need an approved General State Budget and for the Port of Castellon’s Business Plan to be included in it” since the current one goes back to 2022.

Finally, Rubén Ibáñez stressed the port’s support and understanding for the sectors concerned. “It is a steadfast, straightforward commitment in keeping with our intention to carry on backing Castellon’s production sectors, and we are going to stick to it.” He added that “we are standing by our word and of course what we do not want is for this to be the stumbling block which prevents exports from continuing to go through the Port of Castellon.”

Signing the visitors’ book

During his visit the Regional Minister signed the visitors’ book in which he said his intention is “for the two authorities to pool resources to ensure this port continues to be a flagship for producers and businesses in the Valencian Region.” Chairman Rubén Ibáñez also presented him with a print by Castellon artist María Griñó as a souvenir.

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