EU plans to cut support for fruit and vegetables are likely to be accepted by the council of mInisters, though early agreement is still unlikely because of the historic divisions between southern and northern producers. Commissioner Franz Fischler told the council that spending in the sector "is already out of all proportion to its economic significance". Most of the current 1.5 billion euro regime goes on intervention buying, supporting crops such as apples, peaches, nectarines and citrus and on processing subsidies for crops such as tomatoes and stone fruit. The council reforms move towards a proposed ceiling of 3% on sector turnover, bringing supply more in line with demand. Some member states are pressing for rates between 3.5% and 4.5%. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}