The Spanish agricultural organizations Asaja, COAG and UPA have released a joint statement announcing a series of demonstrations across Spain. To safeguard the future of agricultural growers and cattle farmers, they want to give a clear signal to the various authorities and other players in the agro-food chain. The first protests are planned for the last week of January.
“Practically all growers and farmers are suffering from the crisis of low prices. This imbalance in the chain is disastrous for thousands of families throughout Spain who are devoted to food production," they said.
The announcement of cuts on the funding of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union, the reduction of agricultural income or the trade barriers to exports are also mentioned. "There are plenty of reasons for the protest," say the agricultural organizations.
Letter to president Pedro Sánchez asking for Ministry of Agriculture to maintain Rural Development
Asaja, COAG and UPA have sent a letter to the newly elected president Pedro Sánchez, requesting rural development to continue under the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA).
On January 16, the organizations voiced their concern about Royal Decree 2/2020 of January 12 on the restructuring of Ministries, which revealed that the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will be responsible for implementing the policies on horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries, food industry and food safety.
The organizations highlighted the fact that rural development is no longer the responsibility of the Ministry, even though it is an essential part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
In the letter, they made it clear that rural development is an essential part of agricultural policy and that it cannot be isolated from the rest of measures to protect the European agricultural model.
The organizations also said that this reality "has become very clear in the current negotiations on the future European Multiannual Financial Framework. Spain and other countries of the European Union (EU) want a solid and ambitious budget to guarantee a strong and powerful CAP that meets the new demands of society and the acquired international obligations."