Against the recommendation of the federal government, deputies vote for ground costs aimed toward guaranteeing “a dignified income for farmers” | EUROtoday

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Environmentalist deputy Marie Pochon, at the National Assembly, in Paris, April 4, 2024.

Emmanuel Macron made the shock announcement throughout the rowdy inauguration of the agricultural present in Paris on Saturday February 24, within the midst of agricultural anger. He was dedicated to the creation of “floor prices” to higher remunerate farmers. Finally, a textual content, in favor of those well-known “floor prices”, aimed toward guaranteeing “a dignified income for farmers”, carried by environmentalists of their parliamentary “niche” was voted on, at first studying, Thursday April 4, within the National Assembly.

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It was adopted, after twenty-three hours of debate, by 89 votes to 66. The left voted for, the RN abstained, the LR was absent for the vote. As for the federal government majority, it voted in opposition to. Present on the assembly, the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Agriculture, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, rejected the system deemed “inoperative” even when the federal government “share totally (her) concern “ regarding the income of farmers, she said.

“The path leading to administered prices must be ruled out” because it is not the government which “can determine the price for an economic sector”, she estimated. Moreover, “the establishment of a minimum price which by definition would only apply to national production, could favor imported products to the detriment of our farmers”she stressed, according to AFP.

A lively debate

The bill carried by the environmentalist deputy for Drôme, Marie Pochon, proposes that each sector estimate the costs of agricultural production every four months. These costs include paying farmers twice the minimum wage. The minimum purchase price of agricultural products, which cannot be lower than production costs, is set at a public conference. In the event of no agreement, the commercial relations mediator submits a report of the negotiations to the ministers ultimately responsible for setting a minimum price.

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This measure had already been offered in a textual content tabled by LFI in November and narrowly rejected by the Assembly. It was due to this fact the President of the Republic who relaunched a full of life debate on “floor prices” on the finish of February, acceding to a request from the agricultural union of the Confédération Paysanne. Bruno Le Maire instantly defended the presidential proposal, specifying: “The ground value will not be a unified value. I don't see why the agricultural world can be the one one promoting at a loss. It is unfair morally and economically inefficient. »

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