The Coordinator of Farmers and Livestock Organizations (COAG) has announced that it will not sign the document of the 43 measures for the agricultural sector presented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to professional agricultural organizations, as reported in a statement.

Specifically, the agricultural organization has indicated that the actions of the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas, in recent days have meant a “loss of confidence” by “not respecting” the decision-making processes of each organization, for which They make them “be more demanding” when it comes to asking for specificity in all those measures that are a mere declaration of good intentions.

“In a framework of trust and respect, it would give us security. At this moment those conditions do not exist to be able to think that those measures that depend on the will and the medium term will be carried out in the terms set out in the document of 43 points,” explained the general secretary of COAG, Miguel Padilla.

However, the agricultural organization recognizes “progress” in the measures presented, especially with regard to the flexibility and elimination of bureaucratic burdens of the CAP, but they believe that there are several sections that require “greater specificity.”

In this way, they have pointed out that in livestock farming the possibility that the wolf could leave the List of Wild Species under Special Protection Regime (Lespre) has been “completely” ignored, and in the rest of the issues, although there is progress, demands remain. even above what the EU proposes on issues such as the farm veterinarian and the comprehensive farm health plan.

“At COAG we do not accept that measures be imposed on our farmers above what the EU requires (with the consequent increase in cost and bureaucracy), whose analysis is subject to an Extensive Livestock Forum, which this organization had demanded. that it be extended to livestock farming in general,” they stressed.

Regarding trade issues, COAG indicates that the Observatory on Imports and Exports lacks the necessary instruments to prevent shock imports that enter coinciding with the start of national campaigns from sinking prices in a regime of unfair competition, which they see as necessary. “concrete its objectives, content and tools.”

In the field of agricultural insurance, it points out that there is no specific budget to be able to seriously develop the measures proposed to adapt the system to the reality of the different agricultural productions in the face of the effects of climate change and thus guarantee viability. of the same.

While in the chapter of support and financing measures, the conditions of subsidized loans for young people are not extended to all professional farmers and ranchers, while the measures that were transferred, such as making financing lines available, are not incorporated. subsidized by 2024 (the current ICO-MAPA-Saeca line allows for a general subsidy of 12% of the principal of the loans, and 15% in the case of those for livestock farms) for the sectors and territories most affected by the drought , increased costs or price crises, which would also require special financial support.

In this way, the plenary session of the organization, COAG’s highest decision-making body between Assemblies, plans to meet this Monday to define the new roadmap.

In this way, last Wednesday, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, together with the general secretary of the Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA), Lorenzo Ramos, signed the agreement to activate the support measures for the countryside. .

UPA became the first of the agricultural organizations to accept the proposal presented by the Government that has measures related to the cross-border trade of agri-food products, the reinforcement of the application of the law of the chain, the improvement of the agricultural insurance system or the and strengthening of policies to facilitate generational change in coordination with the autonomous communities.

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, appeared yesterday in his appearance at the Senate Agriculture Commission confident that in the coming days Asaja and COAG will join this firm, while this Friday he will sign the Union of Unions, after yesterday Planas expressed his intention to expand the existing agrarian representation of this organization “so that they can also feel part of this dialogue.”