Aveyron markets: “We are going to be vigilant about fake producers”, warns the association of non-sedentary traders

Aveyron markets: “We are going to be vigilant about fake producers”, warns the association of non-sedentary traders
Aveyron markets: “We are going to be vigilant about fake producers”, warns the association of non-sedentary traders

The association of non-sedentary traders from Aveyron, Tarn and Lot held its general meeting in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, and drew a positive assessment of the activity. Update with President Cindy Lopes.

What is the situation regarding the Aveyron markets?

The markets are doing quite well. We have had a good recovery since Covid-19. We are rebuilding slowly, working with town halls so that the markets can regain all their splendor.

How many markets does the department have?

There are 43 markets in Aveyron, not counting seasonal markets. In the department, there is a real market culture. It is very important for people, like in Decazeville and the mining area, also in Rodez and Villefranche. All cities are very committed to their market.

Do you feel competition with commercial zones?

We mobilize traders and municipalities on the importance of our markets. We are not really in competition with commercial zones because it is not the same form of distribution. In the markets, people will always find products that are not available in supermarkets. We feel this strong demand, even more so since Covid-19.

You say you are facing an increase in non-producing traders. What exactly is it?

Our desire is to be even more vigilant about traders who pretend to be producers, but who are not. This is our great battle. We are very affected by this phenomenon. We are going to have these people identified so that these practices stop, because it is unfair competition.

For example, someone who claims to be a producer of strawberries or asparagus, but in fact is just a reseller. He has no affiliation with the Chamber of Agriculture or plot certification. This is misleading the customer. The places are open to everyone as long as they have the papers authorizing exercise on public property. On the other hand, we will control the resellers.

With the next European elections on June 9, are you going to be vigilant about the problem of leaflets on the market?

We ask activists to present their authorization to come to the market to tow. From the moment they are within the market perimeters, we ask them to settle just on the outskirts, and not come to distribute leaflets in the markets.

Summer is coming and the markets will multiply. A highlight for your association?

All our producers are coming back and we are happy to see our seasonal products on the shelves. This is what makes our markets beautiful, with their colors and allows us to bring life and dynamism to our territory.

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