The Government of Aragon has a “clear and constant” policy of “positive discrimination” towards extensive livestock in all policies related to the primary and livestock sector, has claimed the general director of Rural Development of the Executive, Jesús Nogués.
He has appeared before the Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Environment of the Cortes of Aragon to explain, at the request of the PP, how it is going to face the crisis in this sector in the autonomous community, Parliament has indicated in a press release.
According to Nogués, the final agricultural and livestock production in Aragon accounts for 4,500 million euros, of which sheep and suckler cow, the main protagonists of extensive livestock, are around 2.5%, about 100 million euros.
“We are giving priority to this sector in any line of aid offered”, has assured the general director, and has given the example of the lines of knowledge transfer, where 52% of the total is allocated to this subsector, or in the incorporation of young people , where 12% of the aid is taken.
Nogués has said that “without a doubt” it is a “strategic sector” with “serious difficulties”, “it is undeniable evidence” and “there was a turning point in 2006 with the reform of the CAP, which did not fit into the extensive cattle ranching in Mediterranean countries “, he recalled.
In his opinion, “it was one of the main problems that has been dragging on” and “farmers, as in sheep, are almost heroes 24 hours a day with extensive grazing.”
Something is going wrong
The PP deputy Ramón Celma has pointed out “that something is being done wrong with extensive livestock in Aragon” because in 2016 livestock farms fell 60% and sheep heads by 43% and has criticized the “ineffectiveness” of the Government with policies for the sector. In addition, he regretted that the aid that is being given “is useless” and has asked Nogués for the solutions “that are going to be put on the table to generate some expectations for the future.”
The socialist deputy Silvia Gimeno recalled that the support of the Government of Aragon for extensive livestock “is more than evident” and has emphasized that the “serious problems that it is going through” would find a solution “through a fairer distribution of CAP aid “.
The parliamentarian for Citizens, Ramiro Domínguez, has stressed that each farmer who joins the sheep “must be pampered” because they could be treated as “heroes”. In addition, he pointed out that Aragon needs five million euros “for the sheep to survive” and has insisted that “the key is in the CAP”.
The spokesman for Podemos, Nacho Escartín, has accused the PP of being “part of the creation of the problem” and has pointed out that one of the factors of the crisis in the sector “is the profitability of the farms, which has to do with the price to whom the product is sold and which causes the farmer to not pay the bills and to seek a better life. ”
The CHA deputy, Joaquín Palacín, has stressed that talking about extensive livestock farming is doing it, “above all, of rural development and of generating life, activity and economy in the territory”, a sector “that is experiencing a situation of continuous crisis” that it is due, among other things, to “the CAP and rising costs”.
The VOX spokesman, Santiago Morón, has exposed “more issues that have not been addressed” and that have caused, in his opinion, the situation of extensive livestock, such as “the historical rise in fuel prices, feed and raw materials, which complicates the production model. ”
The deputy of the Aragonese Party, Esther Peirat, has defended that the “first-rate” functions offered by extensive cattle ranching in Aragon, “such as structuring, fixing the population and caring for the environment, make it important to protect it from now on “.
The IU spokesman, Álvaro Sanz, has said that the “clear responsible” for the situation that extensive cattle ranching is going through is the application of a CAP, “the most liberal in history, which has led to a tough, dramatic and complex “.