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Spain's strawberry fields lie under a Brexit shadow | World news

Glance at the food map of Spain, which crops up on children’s jigsaw puzzles and teaching aids, and you’ll find Valencia dotted with orange trees, La Rioja clumped with bottles of wine, and Castilla-La Mancha sitting under a heavy round of manchego.The Andalucían province of Huelva, which borders the sherrylands of Jerez, is marked with a leg of Iberian ham – and an enormous strawberry that represents a billion-euro export market.The fruit might almost be to scale. More than 85% of all the strawberries Spain exports are grown in the province and much of Huelva’s countryside sits under huge plastic tunnels over which hovers the occasional raptor.Also keeping a beady eye on the fields – and the very near future – is José Antonio Martín. Like his great-grandfather, grandfather and father, Martín is a farmer.The family business, AgroMartín, began with a single hectare of strawberries planted by his mother and father in 1980. It now comprises 140 hectares (350 acres) of strawberries and almost 200 hectares of nectarines, peaches, apricots and plums.As his 8,000 tonnes of strawberries ripen, Martín ponders what Brexit will mean for his business. Around 15% percent of his strawberries are exported to the UK; the rest go elsewhere around the EU and to Norway and Switzerland.FacebookTwitterPinterest A strawberry farm at sunset in Huelva. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Last year, soft fruit exports from Huelva alone were worth €994m.Whatever happens, however, Martín knows that Brexit will have a negative impact on free trade and increase the administrative burden.“How Brexit will affect us depends on the deal that’s agreed between the Europe and the UK,” he says.“If there’s a deal, the main problem will be customs and getting all the right paperwork as each load will need to clear customs.“At the moment, though, we don’t know and there’s a lot of uncertainty. If there’s no deal and a hard Brexit, we don’t know what’s going to happen with border agreements.”The 36-year-old farmer hopes a deal will be reached, as border restrictions would be be terrible for both the UK and the EU.FacebookTwitterPinterest José Antonio Martín Photograph: José Antonio Martín If growers such as him have trouble exporting soft fruit to the UK, says Martín, the consequences will be felt across the sector – and by both exporters and non-exporters.“At the moment, the strawberry, raspberry and blackberry markets are stable and the blueberry market has grown a bit,” he says.“Supply and demand are pretty well balanced in the market right now. A hard Brexit and a border closing could trigger an important crisis over its initial years. We could...

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