Rami Levy: “The one who should help farmers is the state, not the consumer”

Rami Levi, The owner of the supermarket chain “Rami Levy Sycamore Marketing” spoke today (Monday) with Golan Yokfaz and Anat Davidov On 103FM, he referred to the prices of fruits and vegetables and said that “unfortunately the rabbi in the State of Israel, during this period the fruits and vegetables are only for the rich. I am not against the farmers, I am for them, but I am for those who have less money “Those who go deep into the matter. When they say that grapes are seven shekels, I am willing to buy at 14 as well, and then these are not the real prices.”

“The farmer sells to the packing house, and it goes up by at least another 150 percent until it reaches us. I do not want to talk about another network, but about myself. I do support the farmers, I work with them. I earn 20 percent on grapes, we take the average profit “If I had only worked at 20 percent, I would have gone bankrupt,” he added.

Later, Levy also referred to the farmers’ protest and said that in his opinion they are not to blame. “The state should help them, lower water costs and lower workers’ wages. A Thai in the country earns more on average, that they lower taxes. They want to impose a tax on sugary drinks, which will bring it to the farmer. I am in favor of if there are no goods in Israel, goods should be imported.”

Farmers’ protest (Photo: Yossi Aloni, Flash 90)

“Even now there is no fruit in the State of Israel. We buy because we sell things cheaply. A young couple with two children also deserves to buy fruit. They have depreciation, and it should be taken into account, they do not buy all the goods from the farmers. “The supply is smaller than the demand, unfortunately, so the prices are sky high. That the state will support farmers, as is done everywhere in the world. They will always claim that it is not enough. The one who needs to help is not the consumer in the State of Israel,” he added.

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