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Emmanuel Macron at the Agricultural Show, in Paris, February 24, 2024.

The three minority agricultural unions referred to as, Tuesday April 9, on the Head of State to place in place the “floor prices” promised throughout his go to to the Agricultural Show, “condition number 1” in keeping with them “to sustainably emerge from the agricultural crisis”. The Rural Coordination, the Peasant Confederation and the Movement for the Defense of Family Farmers (Modef), respectively second, third and fourth consultant unions, behind the bulk alliance FNSEA-Jeunes Agriculteurs (JA), collectively signal an open letter to the president of the Republic.

If the Peasant Confederation and Modef, categorized on the left, recurrently make joint communications, it is a uncommon rapprochement with the Rural Coordination across the query of earnings. ” Despite [leurs] differences »the three unions intend through this initiative to send a “strong signal” in a “context of crisis and facing historical challenges”. There “condition number 1 to sustainably emerge from the agricultural crisis” is to guarantee “remunerative price”they say.

During his stormy visit to the Agricultural Show at the end of February, Emmanuel Macron set a goal of “floor prices” For “protect agricultural income”. Since then, the executive has continued to explain that it in fact intended to strengthen, through a future text of law, the EGalim laws supposed to improve the consideration of farmers' production costs, to prevent them from selling at a loss.

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Market regulation

The subject of floor prices “has scandalously almost disappeared from the sixty-two commitments declined by the government in recent days” to get out of the crisis, judge the minority unions. “Abandoning this central subject to the sole evaluation of the EGalim laws is completely insufficient, too uncertain and too slow”they add.

According to them, “the urgent handover of market regulation tools (guaranteed minimum price, volume management, public storage, supervision of the margins of agro-industry and mass distribution, etc.) is essential and will make it possible to prevent crises and protect farmers from market volatility ».

The majority unions, FNSEA and JA, as well as the agricultural sectors, did not appreciate the presidential formula of “floor prices”contemplating it opposite to the legal guidelines of commerce in an open market, the place French manufacturing dangers turning into too costly.

Last week, the government opposed the adoption in the National Assembly of a bill from environmentalists providing for a minimum purchase price set by “a public conference” in agricultural sectors that so wish, or by decision of the government in the event of disagreement.

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The World with AFP

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