The agri-food sector also claims its role in the national economy. The Spanish meat-livestock chain has presented a common project to show its commitment to the economic reconstruction of our country and thus be able to access the European reconstruction funds. For this, in the plan baptized as “Commitments 2023”, the organizations of farmers, the industry and the distribution that have endorsed this purpose, are responsible for carrying out sustainable actions with the environment in their production chain, such as reducing carbon emissions by 30% in the meat industry, use 70% renewable energy in its production or reach 50% of female employment in all branches of activity with a view to 2023.
In addition, the sector is also committed to this program to support “ethical” production for citizens, to reduce the use of plastics by 25% and to promote digitization with the implementation of Blockchain technology with the purpose of facilitating traceability and transparency. Thus, how to create a recycling plan with the objective of reaching 80% utilization of resources.
A common project
From the meat-livestock sector they have stressed that it is the first project put on the table by a specific sector -which includes the entire value chain from production to distribution- and which aspires to enter the tractor programs that are part of the Reconstruction Plan presented by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez last Wednesday.
In this regard, the senior advisor of Llorente y Cuenca Fernando Moraleda, -former Secretary General of Agriculture between 2004 and 2005 as well as of Communication until 2008 – who has coordinated this project together with the main employers of the sector – highlighted during an online meeting with the press that the agro-meat value chain has “anticipated »To other sectors by presenting specific commitments and projects in line with Brussels’ requirements. Along these lines, he regretted that this unit is not present in other areas such as politics.
Even so, Moraleda has been “very satisfied” on receiving these documents by the different political groups. For the spokesperson of the sector it is an “open” document and the desire of its promoters is that the objectives are “verifiable”, for this they are willing to “undergo as many public or private audits as necessary.”
The former Secretary General of Agriculture has explained that the practical application of the Reconstruction Plan will be managed directly from Moncloa, without there being an independent agency or window. Specifically, the person in charge of receiving projects like the one presented today will be the director of the Department of Economic Affairs of the Cabinet of the Presidency of the Government, the socialist leader Manuel de la Rocha. An extreme that has been known this week.
Half a million jobs
The sector, which last week began to meet with the different parliamentary groups and the Government, invoiced last year more than 40,000 million euros, which continue to make it a leader in the food sector. In addition, it continues to be a fundamental pillar of employment in our country, generating nearly half a million jobs. To this must also be added the strategic value generated with its exports, which grew 26% in the last year and they reached a total amount of 7,555 million euros.
To these data must be added the importance of how backbone element in rural areasas it continues to be an important sustenance for the Depopulated Spain, with more than 25 million hectares of extensive livestock.
The employers’ association made up of Asici, Intercun, Intervic, Interporc and Provacuno also wanted to claim his role during the first months of the pandemic in which the sector responded in an “extraordinary” way to an “unprecedented and unforeseen” situation.