Farmers and ranchers label the cut of 600 million already this year for Spain from the PAC funds as “disaster” and announce that they will resume the mobilizations
“They applaud each other, congratulate each other, take photos, but nobody looks at the consequences of the agreement for farmers and ranchers, which are a real disaster.” This is the general sentiment of the Spanish countryside after learning the details of the agreement reached this past dawn between the European leaders in Brussels and that represents a cut “with all the letters” for the agricultural sector, and specifically for the funds of the Agrarian Policy Common (PAC).
Thus, although the new period of the CAP does not officially enter into force until January 2023, direct aid will already be reduced this year by 9.6%, which will represent close to 600 million euros less per year for Spain. Specifically, the budget of the European Union for the next seven years cuts global funding by 10% compared to the previous Community financial framework, limiting itself to a budget of 343,950 million euros, when it previously amounted to 382,855 million.
Of this amount, and as direct aid from the first pillar, 286,144 million were foreseen and they remain at 258,600 million (-9.6), although 2.7% reinforces the allocation of cohesion funds, up to 377,000 million. The Rural Development budget -the second pillar- goes from 96,712 million euros to 85,350 million, with a decrease of 11.74%.
With this data, “outrage” has returned to organizations agrarian, fearful in the previous days that “the big losers” were going to be once again farmers and ranchers. But it was never thought that he snip Outside of these disproportionate dimensions: “It is not understandable any type of cut in the budgets, and less at the moment,” says Lorenzo Ramos, UPA general secretary: “If we are essential and necessary [durante la pandemia]How is it possible, then, that we are faced with cuts in the budgets? “This agrarian leader now appeals that” at the national level, a policy of distribution of funds be carried out in a more linear and fairer way so that it favors farmers and ranchers who really need it, not super-intensive productions “which is why he advocates that” not all producers be cut equally “.
From Asaja, the assessment of the negotiations that Pedro Snchez has carried out to defend the national agrarian sector is very critical: “It has been a disaster and will represent a definitive blow to the Spanish countryside,” laments Angel Garca Blanco, president of this organization in Extremadura, which he calls “incompetent” to the Prime Minister. “He has again shown that he has never cared about the rural world nor, of course, the Spanish farmers and ranchers who, among other things, have stood up during the pandemic, helping to disinfect the rural population with their tractors, in populations that nobody cared about because the means did not arrive , and we have at all times, and despite the difficulties, the existence of products in supermarkets. “
The mobilizations recover
Garca Blanco recalls that the agrarian sector paralyzed the mobilizations that arose at the end of January throughout Spain, where fairer prices were demanded for the sector and not a sale at a loss, as occurs in most cases today.
“They imagine that there would be a crisis not due to a pandemic but due to lack of food? “asks Garca Blanco, who recalls that the sector has already been weighed down by the new tariffs that the United States Department of Commerce threatens to impose -at the request of Donald Trump-, due to the problems caused by Brexit or recent “negative” agreements with Mercosur, especially for the sugar or livestock market.
Thus, the representative of Asaja assures that the sector “will return with more force than ever to the street, to the roads, to prepare a ‘hot autumn’ if the pandemic allows it, because now they hardly even let us take four tractors onto the street ”
In this sense, this morning there was a concentration of farmers in the Port of Algeciras (Cdiz), called by all agrarian organizations, denouncing that “it is inadmissible for our borders to be a strainer for products that do not comply with European norms and agreements “and adds that” the European Union cannot continue to allow the entry of food products from third countries without taking into account the Community principles of preference and reciprocity “.
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