CAP Delay Means Loss of Assistance

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Peter Kavinsky

Cordova (EFE).- Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Luis Planaswarned this Friday that a request from agricultural employers to delay the application Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Due to “legal instability”, this would mean that Spanish farmers and ranchers “would not receive a single euro”.

In statements to reporters ahead of a meeting with PSOE leaders in Córdoba, the minister called it a “success” that Spain was “one of the five countries” to approve the CAP on its territory on 31 August. “We are envied in Europe.”

Successful CAP that is unstoppable

“We have made great strides for our farmers and ranchers and the clock cannot stop,” said the minister, who chided agricultural employers that “you can’t live in the Middle Ages” as “the world is turning and everything is changing.” .

Finance Minister Maria Jesús Montero and Agriculture Minister Luis Planas during a social dialogue table meeting on the recovery plan. File EFE/Javier Lopez

In this sense, he stressed that “we must look to the future”, and after describing the agreement as excellent, he warned that “if there is any non-compliance”, such as a “turn back” or a delay in CAP, it will mean that “January 1” farmers and ranchers “will not receive a single euro.”

On the other hand, Planas pointed out that lawsuit of irrigators for the introduction of a double rate for irrigation, as mandated by the Food Chain Law, “is not in the current context” which “represents an investment” and is committed to sustainable irrigation “promoting” “renewable energy”.

The elimination of the water cannon affects the hydraulic works

Also, with regard to Andalusia’s idea to abolish the water cannon, the minister asked for clarification that “if it is abolished”, this means that “There will be no hydraulic works in Andalusia” or “that they’re going to ask Madrid or the European Union” for money that the Junta de Andalusia “doesn’t want to collect”.

Drought causes the need to improve water infrastructure, as in the case of the Sierra Boyera reservoir (Cordoba).- EFE / Rafa Alcaide

“There is always someone paying here,” added Planas, who considered it “deeply unfair” that Andalusia made a “gift to 18,000 people worth 95 million euros” with announcement of the abolition of property tax in the region, while “eight and a half million people have to pay more to pay for this gift”.

Finally, he assured that the government would “look into” the proposal to reduce the number of workers so that the olive grove sector could receive assistance, and spoke out for the “expectation of filling” this year, which is estimated to be lower than the previous one, to see “in to what extent it logically changes the load. EFE

WEB Editing: Luis Ortega

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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