Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Emergency plan: 600 million euros released for breeders – Le Point

The government has allocated over 600 million for its emergency plan for French farmers in difficulty, to help them to deleverage, while tension persists and that many dams still paralyzed Wednesday roads. “We have seen this fear of tomorrow, but also the will to exercise a profession that is more than a job: being breeder is to sacrifice a lot [...] and contribute to the unique mission of feeding French “said Prime Minister Manuel Valls after the Council of Ministers. Mr. Valls added, however we could not “tolerate any violence or any degradation” at protesters who continue blockades in many areas.

With this plan, the The ambition of the government “is to manage the emergency situation, but especially to take sustainable solutions. The peasant world does not need emergency bandages, he needs a future, “he added. The foreground component includes emergency measures. The state will allocate more than 600 million euros to alleviate the liquidity problems of farmers strangled by too low prices. This will take the form of 100 million of cancellations of charges and contributions and deferrals 500 million. Another key measure: the restructuring of all breeders debt in the medium and long term, as “debt weighs heavily on livestock” French, assured the Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll

<. p> To this end, the state will negotiate with banks, and carry the load relief fund (CAF) from 8 to 50 million euros. For its part, the Public Investment Bank (BPI) will guarantee up to 500 million bank credit cash euros to the livestock sector companies. The government has also announced structural measures, such as the promotion of French meat exports, the strengthening of controls on labeling, local supply canteens and diversification of farmers income.

No “scapegoats”

The plan includes “a lot of already written down recorded devices,” responded Beulin Xavier, president of the FNSEA, the first agricultural union in the country, while welcoming the government’s efforts. “The first emergency is the price and the price yet,” said Mr. Beulin. The Norman breeders must decide in the next few hours or not to lift the roadblocks around Caen. By mid-day, they still blocked the ring road of Caen and access to Mont-Saint-Michel, and many dams in the Grand Ouest were maintained.

Also mobilizations around Poitiers, a filtering dam blocked the bridge connecting the mainland to the island of Oleron (Charente-Maritime), in the Somme at Amiens and Abbeville, in Vendee, Loire and the access roads to the Castle of Chambord in Loir-et -Cher.

The farmers now expect details on the report of the mediator in agricultural prices, delivered on Tuesday to the Minister. It is supposed to determine which industry or retail, often referred, slows the rise in meat prices paid to farmers. “I refuse to refer to the press who played the game or not for scapegoats,” reiterated Wednesday Stéphane Le Foll. A new roundtable farmers, processors and distributors is scheduled at 16 h 30 at the Department. The previous, June 17, had set up price targets have not been met for beef. Pork comes close

Lidl France said Wednesday morning having taken into account the demands of farmers. “It’s the equivalent of 25 euro cents per kilo carcass that was paid Lidl France industrial, corresponding to an annual cost of € 15 million for Lidl France. “” How many of these 25 euro cents per kilo carcass were actually received by farmers? “Asks the distributor. Industrial meat countered that large retailers increased their buying prices only for fresh meat, but not for the burgers, processed products and ready meals, which prevents slaughterhouses pay more carcasses ranchers.


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