Planas warns of the lack of relief in agriculture and entrusts everything to the new CAP
The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, louis planeshas predicted that with the horizon in the year 2030 the forecast is that two-thirds of Spanish farmers and ranchers who today are over 55 years old they will become retiredalthough he has trusted that the board that supposes the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) come to facilitate the incorporation of young people who come to solve the generational change.
In a informative breakfast organized by Globalcaja in Albacete, Planas has spoken of the more social aspects of the new CAP, citing as another important point the role that women have to play on farms, something that in Spain is encouraged “with an additional bonus of 15%”. Another novelty that she has included in her exposition as a “third social aspect” is audit serious infractions in labor matterssomething that it intends to have ready in 2024.
As he has said, the “simple and difficult” main objective of the new CAP involves farms “be profitable”to which he has added that this “fundamental” moment must serve to “go from words to deeds”. The CAP concluded almost two years ago in its negotiation process and now there is already a strategic plan with some parameters “agreed since October 2021”, and now it corresponds achieve the “success” of the new agrarian policy.
Regarding the current moment, “where the urgent meets the important”, the first thing is to “provide food from a profitable business base”; while the important thing is the climate summit in Egypt, where they will also discuss “How to produce food for an increasingly growing population and do it in a sustainable waypreserving natural resources”.
He has looked back on how the sector had recovered from the “pulls” caused by the pandemic until reaching the current context of international conflict over the situation in Ukraine. the “abominable” Russian invasion of Ukraine has been a “before and after” in various dimensions, and beyond the human is the energy and food.
Four pillars: food chain, insurance, CAP and aid
Rising oil and cereals are having repercussions “throughout the animal feed sector”, and in this context, the response the Government of Spain has relied on four pillars. The first, he has said, the Food Chain Lawwhere it has gone “a step further to provide transparency, balance and support the weakest in the negotiation, who are farmers and ranchers”, prohibiting sales at a loss.
This rule “has not completed a year” of its approval, and according to the head of Agriculture, on January 1 the registration of new contracts will come into force as a support tool for “give transparency and balance to the food chain”. “There are many hopes pinned on the law, but obviously we have not yet reached cruising speed, but I think we are one step ahead of others in this modernization process,” she opined.
Advances in insurance is another of the pillars outlined by Planas; adding to this the PAC, “income insurance” for all professionals. Sixty years later, “the CAP has been reinvented and now has a high environmental and social component, but it is business as usual”. And, the fourth pillar, for Planas, is the set of measures implemented by the Government of Spain, from the drought decree to the million-dollar aid to sectors such as dairy or citrus, support that has been marked by “agility” in its processing.
Almost 5,000 pages of strategic plan
Of these four pillars, he has focused part of his speech on the situation of the CAP, linked to a Spanish strategic plan that has been “a kind of check-up of the sector as a whole”, which has emerged after a discussion with 17 autonomous communities, something that “it has not been easy”. Planas has been “very happy” to obtain a “very good CAP” thanks to the work of the autonomous communities, a job that he resulted in a 4,492-page plan to present to the European Commission.
“I always work so that in Spain we come to an agreement, and beyond the points of view of each one, we have achieved a great national agreement of which I am very proud”, he indicated. It was on August 31 when the European Commission gave the green light to this strategic plan to achieve more than 47,000 million euros for the coming years, of which 32,500 correspond to the 2022-2027 period.
Contributing to climate ambition is another of the objectives of this common agricultural policy, “a matter of necessity”, with “complicated” issues that must be addressed. A “fairer” treatment of the CAP is also pursued in the new design; increase the assigned direct income; or incorporate youth and women are also on the horizon.
For his part, the CEO of Globalcaja, Peter Palaceshas acted as host and has taken the opportunity to congratulate the minister for his work in negotiating the CAP, since “the funds have been matched” to be received. Now, the sector “is facing the unknown, but it is beginning to be known”, a scenario in which it has asked the field to have the entity, “specialists” in the matter because it has a department “with more than 50 people who they do a fantastic job” so that farmers and ranchers can adapt to the new regulations.
The mayor of Albacete, Emilio Saezhas also taken the floor at the event to welcome the attendees and to highlight the fact that the city “is the largest municipality in Spain”, an urban center of nine districts, with “a lot of agri-food potential”. “We are essential in future development, and all administrations have to make an effort,” Sáez asked, taking the opportunity to invite the minister to the next edition of the Albacete Fair, “the best in the world.”
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