Inflation and drought fuel a hot autumn in the countryside

Upon returning from vacation, the Government will have to look at the field. The president of the majority Asaja (Agrarian Association-Young Farmers) Pedro Barato announced this Friday that he will propose to the board of directors of this organization the beginning of a new phase of mobilizations during the coming fall. This supposes the intensification of the demonstrations ('tractoradas') that have taken place during the past month in Valladolid, Mérida, Granada, Córdoba and Jaén.

The reasons accumulate on the table of farmers and ranchers: double-digit inflation that impact on feed and fertilizer prices (The former have become 36.60% more expensive in April of this year compared to the same month of 2021 due to a 104.53% increase in the latter in the same time, according to the Price Index paid by farmers); as well as an energy crisis that raises the value of fuel and electricity to historical levels, the drought that already reduces several productions, a tightening of credit due to the rise in interest rates and a probable rise in the Interprofessional Minimum Wage (SMI) shuffled recently by the Prime Minister.

Specifically, from Asaja, they have maintained that "the prospects for the next campaign are completely pessimistic" and warned that, due to the lack of rain, they will «resent» the economic results of the farms. They have also criticized the management of European funds and that the Food Chain Law is not giving the expected results. "It seems that this Government forgets the essential work that the primary sector performs," ​​they have concluded from this agrarian organization.

Problems in poultry

Barato's announcement has been added this week that the waters also go down in turmoil in poultry farming. UPA seriously contemplates convening acts of protest for September against the integrators (those who buy the chickens raised on the farms) and the poultry employers, so that they transfer to the producer the increase in prices that the consumer is already suffering. According to the INE (National Institute of Statistics), until June, poultry meat has accumulated a rise of 10.5% so far this year by 14.1% since June 2021.

In this sense, from UPA, they have recalled that more than 80% of the chickens slaughtered in Spain are by 10 integrating companies. This agrarian organization has lamented the strong increase in the prices of electricity and propane gas, whose shadow hangs over the coming autumn and winter, and has demanded that the Food Chain Law.

In his opinion, farmers do not receive a fair remuneration for their product. That is, at least cover production costs. “We have asked the distributors, who buy 70% of the chicken, to make sure that this essential product complies with the Chain Law,” Ramón Santalla, head of poultry farming at UPA, told ABC.

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