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Sumar proposes promoting an agrarian rescue plan and an observatory of food prices and costs

Sumar has registered a non-legal proposal in Congress with which it calls for promoting a comprehensive agricultural rescue plan to address the problems of the sector and an observatory of food costs and prices in the face of the rise in products in the basic basket.

With their initiative, to which Europa Press has had access, Yolanda Díaz’s team intends to confront the crisis situation that the agricultural sector is experiencing, which in 2022 contributed 9.2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Spain and which has been configured as “strategic” due to its economic and social relevance.

A crisis, says the training, that is due to “structural” causes, such as a market with a “high speculative component”, climate change, drought or European agricultural and trade policies that are “increasingly liberalizing.”

“It is essential to take measures to protect this sector, its workers, in one of its toughest moments,” the plurinational group emphasizes in its proposal.

Compensate producers’ losses

For this reason, Sumar urges the Government to work on the problems of the sector from various perspectives. First in an inter-ministerial drought commission with special interest in the development of frameworks for drought emergency plans, with the participation of interested organizations.

On the other hand, training calls for working on measures to control the imbalance between supply and demand, so that a sufficient budget is provided to compensate producers’ losses.

Compensation for losses would be accompanied by a comprehensive short, medium and long-term agricultural rescue plan that would be developed with agricultural professional organizations and the sector as a whole. The idea of ​​this plan is to confront the increase in raw material prices, drought, sales at a loss or the lack of generational change.

Make the CAP more flexible

But they also propose formulas for making the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) more flexible and simple, so that the size of the farms is taken into account in the bureaucratic requirements.

Next, they ask to strengthen the Food Chain Law in terms of inspection, which is the norm with which selling at a loss was prohibited. It is at this point where Sumar suggests launching an observatory of food costs and prices, since the basic products in the shopping basket have increased by almost 20% despite the VAT reductions approved in recent months.

Those from Díaz also propose recognizing agricultural professional organizations (OPAS) as representatives and interlocutors of the sector and improving mechanisms to guarantee food safety and safety standards in the entry of plant products. Finally, they urge to study formulas for prioritizing aid to the sector towards the agrarian social and family model.

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