Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) have defended the Department's budgets in Congress, considering them sufficient to help the sector consolidate and remain sustainable. They remain practically at the same level as in the previous year.
In the Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Undersecretary of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, María Dolores Ocaña, the Secretary General of Agriculture and Food, Fernando Miranda; and the general secretary of Fisheries, Alicia Villauriz, have outlined some budgets which, so far, have only been assessed in regards to the funds allocated for agricultural insurances.
The draft General State Budget allocates 7,861 million Euro (+0.9%) for the Ministry, which is prioritizing any investments that may help attract young people to the agricultural sector, defend rural women and give a boost to innovation and digitalization. 93% of those funds come from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
In her speech, María Dolores Ocaña highlighted the growth of agricultural insurances, reaching up to 241 million Euro. This is perceived as a response to the "extraordinary frequency of adverse weather events," such as dry weather, hail, frost, rain and floods.
She also stated that no efforts are being spared to pursue a more balanced and egalitarian rural world, with a strong focus on young people and women.
Regarding current issues, the situation in the citrus sector has also been a subject of debate. The Ministry recalled that in order for Brussels to enforce the safeguard clause for citrus from South Africa, there needs to be strong evidence supporting its need, since it is "a very powerful measure."