Posted on: January 13, 2023
During a back-to-school press conference on Wednesday, January 11, FNSEA President, Christiane Lambert and Secretary General Jérôme Despey drafted the main files that the union will continue throughout 2023.
In 2022, on the same date, the FNSEA had released its 30 proposals for the presidential election. It is also the latter, with the legislative elections that followed and the installation of the new government, which somewhat delayed the practical start of the crop insurance resulting from the reflections on the Varenne de l’eau, explained the two FNSEA leaders. In fact, the “insurance/reinsurance” pool and the single window provided for by law are not yet in operation and should not be there before the end of the year. “However, the tools exist and it was important that farmers still be able to access some insurance and the national solidarity system,” Jérôme Despey explained, in essence. The file is all the more important since farmers already fear a complicated year 2023 in climatic terms. Indeed, the very mild temperatures that France has been experiencing for a few weeks are making the necessary winter vegetative rest difficult. Fruit trees and vines are already showing signs of recovery. “If the cold does not return in the next few days, the negative temperatures that we generally experience in February/March could be catastrophic,” warned the FNSEA general secretary who launched a call for mobilization. “Subscribe. The tools, the means are there.”
“Open the doors
and windows »
This first crop insurance project will be articulated with others. In particular the Pact and the law on the orientation and future of agriculture, the text of which is expected in Parliament next spring. “It is the face of agriculture for the next twenty years that is being decided today”, declared Christiane Lambert, who intends to take advantage of this text to promote the appearance of new agricultural profiles that “will make it possible to create new ones through secure economies”. projects,” she added. On this subject, the next orientation report to be presented at the FNSEA congress in Angers at the end of March will address the topic of the future of agriculture and entrepreneurship. “Food, demography, renovation, competitiveness, transition,… we want to open doors and windows to all projects”, hammered the outgoing president of the FNSEA (see box) who summed up the spirit with which the union wants the future fit law. Specifically, it will be the Regional Chambers of Agriculture, in connection with the Regional Directorates of Agriculture and the Regional Councils (now competent for the installation) that will lead the debates around the future bill.
The FNSEA will also focus on consumption and relations with large retailers, through the bill of the deputy Frédéric Descrozaille (Renaissance, Val-de-Marne) which aims to give manufacturers more weight in trade negotiations. On this subject, Christiane Lambert recalled that food inflation was currently contained in France: only 12.1%. By comparison, this inflation reached 13.6% in Italy, 15.3% in Spain, 16% in the United Kingdom and 20% in Germany. “When farmers ask for a 16% or 20% increase, they get it. When in France they ask for 10%, they only have 5 or 6% ”, she explained, lamenting that our country has“ a culture of low prices ”. Above all, Christiane Lambert pointed out the contradiction of some of our compatriots who complain about an increase in food prices, without taking a good look at the rest of their budget. “Agriculture is vilified when increases represent only 12% of 13% of a household budget. Energy, which represents 20% of the budget, has increased by 39% and rents by 31% in five years, ”she explained, calling for food education.
“We do not redo
not the game”
Finally, the FNSEA closely monitors other issues such as farm income (“After two years of increase, we have found that of… 1980,” Christiane Lambert noted), bird flu (“a real trauma for breeders. Whether there is a real danger to the sustainability of poultry production in France”*), the organic sector “whose drop in consumption and production raises questions”, and the social problems linked to the agroecological transition: “Everyone wants local sausages , but not the local pigsty “, annoyed the union president. For her, as for the position of Minister of Agriculture, one thing is certainly acquired: “We are not repeating the game of Varenne de l’eau”. This cuts any inclination of the non-governmental organizations to reconsider the decisions made in January 2022. Finally, in the shortest term, the FNSEA will organize on January 31 with JA, the Chambers of Farmers and the National Federation of Hunters a great meeting on the subject of hunting
* Scheduled for spring 2023, the bird flu vaccine should not be available before the end of the year, not even in 2024.
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