Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie organized a crisis meeting on Monday around the consequences of the frost that affected crops throughout France last week, we learned from the ministry.
It was a working meeting, not a meeting with decisions,
" the ministry was told at the end of this meeting which lasted a little over two hours.
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The sectors have reported their findings, their proposals, banks and insurance companies are committed to fully play their role of support and facilitation with affected farmers
," said the same source.
The principle of a new meeting next week has been established, on a day to be determined.
Too early to quantify the damage
Around the table, representatives of wine, fruit, vegetable and cereal producers, but also insurers, banks, chambers of agriculture, MSA agricultural social security, as well as representatives of the various firms (Matignon , Bercy, Travail), in order to coordinate the government's response to this crisis.
The various constraints, depending on the type of production, were at the heart of the discussions, in particular to determine the schedule for the payment of this aid.
Arboriculture and viticulture, for example, do not need cash at the same time,
" said the ministry.
For the vines, the harvest will not take place before the end of the summer and with it, a more precise balance sheet of the losses, while for some fruit and vegetable productions, it is a matter of weeks, at most. .
Everything is linked to the harvest,
” insists the ministry, indicating that it is far too early to quantify the damage.
Especially since a second cold spell is expected this week.
The sectors “
have mentioned the impacts identified to date but with points of suspension given that the frost continues and that this night again the producers were in their orchards, in their vines (...) to try to protect what can to be saved again
”, the president of the first agricultural union FNSEA, Christiane Lambert, told AFP.
Reform the mechanisms to absorb losses
The Minister has set himself the goal of the first funding to arrive in mid-June / early July for arborists and berry producers
," added Ms. Lambert.
The principle of relief of charges is recorded but not the amount
", according to her.
The minister must "
go and seek arbitration at Bercy."
The participants also agreed, according to the president of the FNSEA, on the need to "
" the devices to cushion losses for farmers in severe weather.
The agricultural disaster regime is "
" in view of the upheavals caused by climate change and private insurance deserves "
" to "
encourage more farmers to take out
", she believes.
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Traveling in Ardèche this weekend, at the bedside of arborists, Prime Minister Jean Castex has already promised "
" to help farmers cope with these frosts which have affected 10 of the 13 French regions.
He also announced the removal of the cap from the compensation scheme for agricultural disasters, also indicating that possibilities of support in terms of charges would be examined.