April 20, 2021

The Government finalizes measures for the field, which celebrates a month of mobilizations

Madrid, Feb 24 (EFE) -. The Government finalizes urgent measures for the field, which will foreseeably approve tomorrow Tuesday in the Council of Ministers, while in Jaén and Ciudad Real hundreds of farmers have starred on Monday the first mobilizations of the week, which will be the first month of the agrarian protests in national terms.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, today chaired the meeting of the Interministerial Committee on Agriculture in a scenario marked by complaints from the countryside, the negotiation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the next revision of the Law on the Food Chain .

In addition to Sánchez, Vice Presidents Carmen Calvo, Pablo Iglesias and Teresa Ribera have attended; and the Ministers of Agriculture, Luis Planas; Treasury, María Jesús Montero; Work, Yolanda Díaz; Industry, Reyes Maroto; Territorial Policy, Carolina Darias; Consumption, Alberto Garzón; and Inclusion, José Luis Escrivá.

Meanwhile, in all the towns of Jaén two-hour concentrations have been held to claim against the low price of olive oil convened by Asaja, COAG and UPA (organizations responsible for national mobilizations), although several producers, independently, have cut roads with tires and tractors.

The University, workers, educational centers and town halls have joined the Jaén protest.

Outside the planned calls, a group of farmers and ranchers from the Los Montes region in Ciudad Real has cut the N-430 road, in response to a particular initiative that emerged through social networks.

With these actions, the agricultural sector begins the fifth week of the protests called by the Asaja, COAG and UPA organizations throughout Spain, with the slogan “Farmers to the limit”, to claim fair prices and alert on the profitability problems of the field.

Next Friday, day 28, one month of the first manifestation of this massive call will be fulfilled, which these days will take place in Andalusia, Valencian Community, Castile and León, and in Cantabria.

The Government finalizes measures in reaction to this crisis that, as confirmed by several members of the Executive, will be approved tomorrow in the Council of Ministers and will affect the functioning of the food chain.

Measures that Minister Luis Planas analyzed on Monday in a meeting with the Europarliamentarians Paolo de Castro and Clara Aguilera, and in which they have addressed according to the Ministry the aspects related to the modification of the law of the food chain to transpose the directive Community on unfair practices and achieve a fairer distribution of their value in the different links.

In addition, Planas appears on Monday at the Congress of Deputies to explain the main lines of his department in this legislature.

The second vice president of the Government, Pablo Iglesias, has stated in an interview in “The Breakfasts of TV1” that the Council of Ministers will approve these measures and has indicated that the farmers are “absolutely right” when they raise “the shame” of prices .

He acknowledged that he encouraged them to continue protesting and that he really told them to “fight” at the meeting held last week, although he assumes the incitement to “squeeze” (as published).

However, the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Alberto Garzón, said in an interview on the “Hoy por Hoy” program of the Cadena Ser that the government’s role is not to encourage mobilizations, but to “respond to the problem.”

However, Garzón has pointed out that if there has been talk of “tightening”, it has been with the intention of avoiding saying “look, the solution is very simple, you stay at home”, since the agricultural crisis has structural aspects.


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