The Plaza de Abastos has been witness to the difficulties that self-employed and businesses have faced in recent months because of the inflation, pandemic and war in Ukraine.
In recent times, the Mercado De Abastos vendors have made a great effort to reflect on the values it treasures, such as fidelity and quality. Last Saturday, a regional chess championship attempted to bring people to the enclosure. Although the enclosure has seen improvements in its infrastructure in recent years, there are still many challenges.
The president of Mercandujar. Francisco Checa notes that sales were weak in May. He cited the "excessive rise in prices due rising costs" as the primary reason. Checa praises his colleagues for their efforts to evaluate the quality of their products, and to create initiatives that tend toward spreading them. "But in the end there is very great competition because In Andujar there are a lot of shops and large areas for the people that have and the cake distribution is because customers look at quality and also cost," he says.
Francisco Checa, a well-known meat farmer in the area, has seen his income drop due to rising feed costs and the increased cost of energy. A kilo is worth 40% more, which is a serious problem. He keeps his business firm.
The president of the food vendors' group and a meat producer, discusses another factor that has increased product prices like corn and soybeans. "We have the huge investment funds that speculate on these materials and even though the prices don't rise, the boats don't go out to distribute them.
He said that the rise of wheat is having an effect on bread prices and other related products. "What is happening isn't normal, and it must stop one day." Checa believes that things will return to normal soon and that the situation before the pandemic is reverted to normal. "Because of the increase in electricity, gasoline and gasoline, people have less to buy and more to live with what they have."