The national president of Asaja, Pedro Barato, said Friday that the agricultural sector cannot accept a rise in the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI) and has announced that the Association has already requested an interview with the Vice President of the Government, Pablo Iglesias, to face “this new blow that has fallen to the sector.” This has been indicated during the inauguration of the VII Congress of Young Farmers and Cattle Farmers of Asaja held in Malagón, where he has indicated that since the professional agricultural organization has always defended the skilled and well-paid workforce.
“But the products that pay those wages also have to have a decent price. At low prices we must add, “said Cheap,” a decrease in agricultural income of more than 8%, “said Asaja in a press release. “If you can make laws decrees to put an SMI, they can also be made so that a product of the field can not be sold below production costs, at a minimum,” he said, to warn that this new rise in SMI can entail the loss of jobs.
On the other hand, Cheap has valued the celebration of Congresses such as the one held in Malagón, with which to bring young farmers training and information, and that they share their own experiences. At this point, he has advanced that the agrarian organization will bet on the ‘Erasmus Agrarians’. “It is important to see what and how other farmers and ranchers do it in Europe,” he said. For his part, the Secretary General of Agriculture and Food of the Ministry, Fernando Miranda, has talked about the new Common Agricultural Policy, about which there will be news in the coming months.
The objective, as explained, is to work for the future CAP to make things easier for young people, eliminating bureaucracy. “We must change the procedures being imaginative and linking it to a continuous recycling of farmers and ranchers through training,” he said. In addition, he has moved that will have an impact on the promotion of access to innovation and has asked the young people of the Provincial Congress to “network” with each other and learn about the experiences of other farmers in Spain and Europe.
Finally, he has encouraged them to do self-criticism and know what their strengths and weaknesses are. José Alberto Martín-Toledano, as representative of the Malagón City Council, thanked Asaja for choosing his location as the venue for this new edition of the Youth Congress. The councilor has placed his people as a living example of a rural region supported by the work of his neighbors farmers and ranchers and has appealed to the fight against depopulation. Likewise, the president of Asaja Joven, María Llorens, has valued very positively how “events like these are necessary to show that there are young people who really want to actively engage in the field”. On the other hand, the President of the Guadiana Hydrographic Confederation, Samuel Moraleda, explained in Alto Guadiana there is “inequality between the available resource and the demands” and has ensured that “it has struggled to give alternatives to the situation so complicated that we have”. Finally, he acknowledged that “against these imbalances the CHG has had to make decisions”, but insists that “we must adapt to the available resource.” The representative of ASAJA Joven in Ciudad Real, Víctor Durán, has moved a decalogue of claims ensuring that “they are essential requirements for the continuity and survival of empty Spain.” Among them, he mentioned greater access to new technologies, the simplification of the bureaucracy faced by agricultural entrepreneurs and bonuses to the rural world for fixing population and decontaminating.