The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, has advanced that the Government plans to bring a bill to Congress this fall to complete to the previous decree on the food chain of last February with the aim that farmers receive “decent” and “fair” prices for their products.
The Government will force intermediaries to pay farmers above the cost of production
Planas pointed out that the “partial reform” of February represented “a very important step forward” from the point of view of negotiating all the elements of the chain, in line with the most advanced laws on the matter of the European Union, and that it included the aspects demanded by the agrarian organizations, among them that the sale prices are always higher than the production prices, he has expressed in statements in Mérida on the occasion of the signing of an agreement for the modernization of irrigation.
The protests in the field were very widespread in the month of January, with keys in their protests They pointed to the net benefits of each product or the price that farmers receive versus what consumers pay.
Minister Planas has indicated this Wednesday that his intention is to take this bill to the Cortes, which has already passed in first reading by the Council of Ministers, and that it will complete that decree-law with aspects that seek to clarify a series of “specific issues “, as well as to extend its” advantages and protections “to the entire European Union.
Planas has recognized that there are those who have criticized the reform, although he has insisted that “no public administration can set prices, because it is contrary to the rules of the market economy.”
Therefore, the minister has advocated “opening a broad negotiation”, while calling for “open-mindedness” to all links in the food chain, in the face of the new reference framework, so that farmers have “certain prices worthy and just “for their crops.