The main agricultural employers, Asaja, COAG and UPA, will study the call for mobilizations to demand from the Government “an urgent plan of support measures” for the countryside.
As announced in a statement by the Coordinator of Farmers and Livestock Organizations (COAG), it is time to “go out on the streets” to claim this plan of action, “within a framework of unity of action with the other two professional organizations. representative agrarian (Asaja and UPA) “.
For COAG, these protests are necessary due to the application proposal made by the Ministry of Agriculture of the new CAP in Spain, due to the low prices in the field, due to the “upward spiral of costs” (electricity, raw materials, animal feed , diesel) and for a reform of the Food Chain Law “in which the Government intends to reverse the prohibition of selling at a loss,” which “puts professional farmers and ranchers on the ropes.”
“There are more than reasons to take to the streets to demand an urgent plan of support measures. The men and women of the countryside are currently facing a perfect storm: a spectacular rise in production costs, prices falling in origin with differentials between the field and the table above 450%, greater demands but less aid with the new CAP, an application in Spain that threatens the interests of professional farmers and ranchers and a proposal to reform the Food Chain Law that does not just stop abusive commercial practices and selling at a loss, “says COAG general secretary, Miguel Blanco.
The active farmer
On the CAP, COAG assures that, if the National Strategic Plan that the Government has presented to the sector and the communities is approved, “the professional farmer would be the great loser of the application of the new CAP in Spain.”
He complains that the definition of “active farmer” finally moves away from the professional and includes all the holders of farms, even if their activity is residual. In this way, about 250,000 PAC recipients, whose agricultural activity is “insignificant” for COAG (less than 10% of its total income), in addition to the recognized basic aid, will also have access to redistributive, associated and eco-scheme aid, without that there is any kind of prioritization for professional farmers.
The price of light
In relation to the price of electricity, COAG denounces that “the spectacular rise in electricity means, for example, that in a community of olive grove irrigators, the electricity bill has risen 150% from last April to August, from 0.08 to 0.12 ?? / Kwh. This situation will be worse now because the major expense of the campaign focuses on the period from August to September, just when electricity prices are fired. at the moment, the irrigators have seen their bill multiplied by six since April, ” says the employer.
In the case of dairy farming, it is estimated that the electricity bill has increased by 60% on average. A family farm with 80 cows has gone from paying 480 euros for electricity to 600 euros in a matter of one month.
In the chapter on general costs, rising gas prices are already taking their toll on the price of fertilizers. Diesel has also registered a significant rise and basic raw materials for animal feed (mainly soybeans) accumulate an increase in their prices of more than 60% during the last year.
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