Three unions call on Emmanuel Macron to establish “floor price” promised at agricultural shows

Emmanuel Macron at the agricultural show in Paris on February 24, 2024.

Three minority agricultural unions met the head of state on Tuesday, April 9 “Half Prices” Promised during his visit to agricultural show, “Condition No. 1” According to him “To emerge sustainably from the agricultural crisis”, Rural Coordination, the Farmers’ Confederation and the Movement for the Defense of Family Farmers (MODEF), the second, third and fourth representative unions respectively behind the majority coalition FNSEA-Jeunes Agriculturales (JA), have come together to sign an open letter to the President. Republic.

If the classified farmers’ federation on the left and MODEF hold regular joint communications, it is a rare rapprochement with rural coordination around the question of income. ” In-spite of this (their) Difference “The three unions intend to send through this initiative “Strong Signal” one in “The context of the crisis and the historical challenges faced”, There “Condition No. 1 for a sustainable emergence from the agricultural crisis” to guarantee “Beneficial Value”They say.

During his whirlwind visit to the agricultural show in late February, Emmanuel Macron set a goal “Half Prices” For “Protect farm income”, Since then, the Executive has continued to explain that it actually aims to strengthen Egalim laws by improving consideration of farmers’ production costs through the future text of the law, in order to prevent them from selling at a loss .

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subject to minimum prices “The sixty-two commitments rejected by the government in recent days have almost disappeared” To get out of the crisis, judge the minority associations. “To leave this central topic to the sole evaluation of the Egalem laws is completely inadequate, too uncertain, and too slow”They add.

According to him, “It is necessary to urgently hand over market regulation instruments (minimum price guarantee, quantity management, public storage, monitoring of margins of agro-industry and large-scale distribution, etc.) and thereby prevent crises and protect farmers from market volatility. It will be possible to save. ,,

The majority of unions, FNSEA and JA, as well as the agricultural sector, did not appreciate the President’s formula. “Half Prices”Considering this contrary to the rules of commerce in the open market, where French production risks becoming too expensive.

Last week, the government opposed the adoption in the National Assembly of a bill providing for a minimum purchase price set by environmentalists “A Public Conference” Whatever they want in the agricultural areas, or by the government’s decision in case of disagreement.

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