During the opening of the Salamaq21 fair and in the presence of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, the president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, has asked that the strategic plan presented by Spain in Brussels defends the professional farmer model that does not produce territorial imbalances.
Mañueco has praised during the inauguration of Salamaq21 that the agricultural model of the Community is focused on professional agriculture, “an agriculture designed to live on it” , with farms based on family production and the agrarian associative movement.
The president of the Board has claimed that if agriculture is to survive, it has to be with a professional model that guarantees the young people who join to be able to live from this activity. For this reason, he has claimed before the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, that the PAC takes care of professionals in the field and that the new redistributive payment, as a complement to basic income, must be identified with them.
In addition, the president of the Board has warned that “it is essential that the new CAP does not produce imbalances” and has stressed as essential that it must bet on the rejuvenation of the sector and support for rural women , as well as protect the aid associated with the most sensitive productions, such as livestock farms.
“We cannot disappoint so many farmers and ranchers” who hope to maintain their level of support, Fernández Mañueco has warned regarding the implementation of the new Common Agricultural Policy from 2023 – of which Castilla y León currently receives about 1,000 million euros a year – and that is not only the raison d’être of European policy but is also talking about the income of farmers and ranchers.
The President of the Board has valued the step that is being taken to guarantee the financing of the associated aid and has demanded that the minister take into account the professional model of Castilla y León, since these payments cannot be reduced for the largest farms , like those that exist in the Community, as it would be less support for the most professional, he warned.
Fernández Mañueco highlighted the contribution that Castilla y León has made to eco-schemes, which can be applied nationally, and for which it has claimed environmental practices that are sufficiently remunerated to be attractive.
In addition, the head of the Castilian and Leonese Executive has highlighted that the Board has already carried out actions with measures to incorporate young people and women into the field, which between 2021 and 2023 will mean 350 million euros in a clear commitment to the people who live in rural areas.
An essential and strategic sector
Moreover, Fernández Mañueco has stressed that the field “is essential and strategic” for economic and social recoveryand has reiterated its commitment to continue giving it the highest importance.
Precisely, in this new edition of the Salamaq fair the power of the primary sector will be shown, the president pointed out, who has praised that it is a key sector for the fight against depopulation and rural development, which in times of pandemic has given the size and continues to improve and modernize to be more sustainable and competitive. Proof of this is the increase in agri-food exports, which in 2020 reached the record of products sold abroad worth 2,427 million euros and so far in 2021 it has increased by 15%, five points above the national average .
A strength, he highlighted, which is based on the quality of the products of Castilla y León, the national leader in beef, sheep’s milk or Iberian pigs. And this is due, the president stressed, to the work and effort of professionals in the sector, to whom he has given all the support of the regional government “because we carry in our DNA the commitment to rural areas.”
In this sense, he recalled that the commitment to abolish the Inheritance and Gift Tax has been fulfilled , a measure that has already demonstrated its success.
Among the measures adopted, the president has also pointed to those related to agribusiness, for which 146 million euros in aid have already been summoned so far this legislature, and towards which new far-reaching measures will be directed.