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Barato (Asaja): “I don’t think there is a shortage, but there is a very big increase in almost everything”


calls on the government to lower the tax burden on the agricultural sector


Asaja President Pedro Barato has warned that there will be no food shortages, but due to high energy and commodity prices and the effects of the drought, many products will “rise very sharply” in the agricultural sector.

“I don’t think there’s a shortage, but there’s a very big increase in almost everything because this is totally out of control and is causing a dramatic situation in the agricultural sector, with production costs that haven’t been seen in a long time added to this is the drought”, assured Barato during his speech on the program “Mas de uno” about Onda Cero, collected by Europa Press.

The drought is contributing to serious problems in agriculture as the grain harvest has fallen by 30%, the sunflower harvest has fallen by 50% and harvests have had to be brought forward in several areas due to high temperatures.

“The grain campaign is coming, we have the harvest there with very important cuts and there is also the olive grove campaign. You have to plan things, it’s not a computer programmed business,” he said. specified.

Cheap has not hesitated to criticize the government’s actions. “Nothing was done. The saddest thing is that the Ministry of Ecological Transition is against waterworks, irrigation and prosperity and is doing absolutely nothing,” he lamented, reminding that “where there is water, there are no problems”.

To solve this situation, Barato pointed out that this would be achieved with a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Europe that “is not a policy of abandoning the production of fertilizers in Europe
Phytosanitary, livestock, environment”. “A policy that encourages production and doesn’t put up so many obstacles,” he stressed.

Barato has indicated that work has been carried out in Spain that “is very good” but lacks a “water policy that will help the country to solve the problems of drought”, for which he has called for irrigation modernization, with European funds for this.

Referring to Podemos’ proposal to tax supermarkets, Barato said it was a “very populist measure”. “What we need to do is lower taxes. I don’t intend to raise more taxes, I intend to lower them. The government was asked to lower the tax question for the agricultural sector,” he stressed.

Asked if he fears the primary sector will be among the first to be hit by the possible cuts in September, Barato has pointed out that the “cuts to the primary sector have already been made in a very dramatic way”.

“The labor market reform goes against the primary sector. We are the first to want workers to be paid a fair wage, but we also want a fair price,” he said.


Source europapress.es

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