Government and autonomies will set the destination of the aid during April

Government and autonomies will set the destination of the aid during April

Carlos Manso ChicoteFOLLOW, CONTINUEMadrid Updated: 03/31/2022 21:45h
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Compass of waiting during the month of April. The countryside and fishing will have to have a little more patience before knowing how the 193.47 million euros approved in the Council of Ministers last Tuesday will be distributed, of which 64.5 million belong to the crisis reserve set by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In addition, fishing and aquaculture will also take time to know how the 50 million euros that correspond to Spain from the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (Fempa) will be applied. To which can be added another 18.8 million direct aid to shipowners affected by the escalation of diesel on shipbuilding companies and from which it is expected that up to 7,600 companies can benefit.

The commitment expressed by the Minister of Agriculture Luis Planas at the meeting of the Consultative Council with the representatives of all the regional governments, is that all aid is paid before September 30. The management of it will remain in the hands of the autonomies.

The minister has withdrawn his request for the autonomous governments to complement the approved aid and defended that the package of measures approved last Tuesday by the Government is "powerful". He has also presented a schedule to set the receiving sectors with meetings in April with all the representatives of the sector. The first appointment will be the next day 6 to determine which will be the sectors that will benefit from these aids. Another important date will be the Council of Agriculture Ministers of the European Union, which will take place next Thursday, April 7, in which the situation of the agricultural markets affected by the conflict will be discussed, as well as the communication from the European Commission on how ensure the food security and resilience of these markets.

Consensus around livestock

While next week Brotherhoods will decide whether to take to the streets on April 23 or 24, to protest against measures that they branded as "disappointment", the autonomous communities are defoliating the daisy of whether they will complement the money put on the table with their own funds by the Government and indicating which sectors should be recipients of these transfers. Sources from the Junta de Castilla - La Mancha have pointed to "livestock farming because this sector is the one that is experiencing the worst at the moment."

From La Rioja, another of the socialist autonomous communities, they have also asked to prioritize “extensive sheep and cattle ranching, milk farms; intensive livestock farming in relation to the non-integrated pig and poultry sector, as well as crops such as potatoes and beets and industrial irrigated crops with a strong dependence on energy, such as green beans. A similar message has been transmitted to Minister Planas from the Junta de Castilla y León by his acting Minister of Agriculture, Jesús Julio Carnero: «Our priority, in this case, are meat, beef and sheep farmers, with both the suckler cow and the cbeo beef As a second priority, we claim to direct the aid to the poultry meat and rabbit farming sectors.”

In the Community of Madrid, sources consulted from the Ministry of the Environment have confirmed that Madrid farmers and ranchers can see these aids supplemented by others from the regional government. In this sense, they have added from the Ministry that the budget for agriculture, livestock and food has grown by 19% to 83.4 million euros. In this sense, they have also pointed out that the executive of Isabel Díaz Ayuso has been demanding from the Government "real solutions in the face of the rise in light that suffocates the field" such as tax deductions for the purchase of supplies and social bonuses for hiring.

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