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Recovery plan: agriculture endowed with 1.2 billion euros

2020-09-03T15:21:17.023Z

The government intends in the first place "to sharply reduce the importation of proteins intended for breeding".



French agriculture will have its share of the recovery plan, with a specific allocation of 1.2 billion euros to restore a little competitiveness to a sector that also suffered during the health crisis and prepare it for the climate challenges of tomorrow. .

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Delegating our food would be "

madness

" warned President Emmanuel Macron on March 12, at the start of the crisis: in order to "

regain France's food sovereignty

", the first priority, the plan provides for 364 million euros, including 100 million euros dedicated to a plant protein plan, mentioned for nearly two years by the Head of State.

The main objective of this envelope,

"to greatly reduce the importation of proteins intended for breeding"

.

Through this plan, oilseed protein producers hope to reduce France's dependence on imports from 45% to 35% (against nearly 65% ​​to 70% in Europe) in the coming years.

In order to consolidate national food sovereignty, the government also intends to encourage the succession of the peasant world, while 50% of farm managers will retire in the next 10 years, in particular through a "

general public campaign

" to make known the needs. in recruitment of agriculture and agribusiness.

Finally, to meet the growing demands of French consumers on animal welfare, the plan provides for 250 million euros for the "modernization of slaughterhouses" and "

biosecurity in breeding

", and a plan for "

the reception of animals. abandoned and at the end of their life

”.

Ensuring an agro-ecological transition

Second priority, “

the acceleration of the agro-ecological transition

”, endowed with

“345 million euros for the means of production component and 200 million euros for the food component

”.

The recovery plan thus plans to "

amplify the wave of conversion to organic and High Environmental Value (HVE) certification through the maintenance of the organic tax credit and the creation of an HVE tax credit, a strengthening of Avenir bio fund, assistance in structuring these sectors and a good carbon footprint for young farmers to facilitate their installation

”.

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In this section, the plan also provides for a “

premium for the conversion of agro-equipment in order to allow farmers to invest in more resource-efficient tools

”.

Third and final priority, adapting French agriculture and forests to climate change, while these two parts of the territory have just experienced a new summer of drought which has damaged cereals, farmers and tree bark.

A budget of 300 million euros will support in particular "

the search for more resistant seeds

", while faced with hail or frost, the plan provides for "aid for investments to protect against climatic hazards".

Finally, the forest, a “

real carbon sink

” weakened by droughts, will benefit from a “

major reforestation plan

”, with the objective of “

planting 50 million trees

”.

Source: lefigaro

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