A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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“French farmers, Time for outrage!”

April 22, 2013

Is French agriculture the poor relation among the Government’s economic priorities? This seems to be the opinion bitterly expressed by the major French professional farming organizations––Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FNSEA), Young Farmers, Coop de France, Permanent Assembly of Chambers of Agriculture (APCA) and Acta. They call for voicing outrage at a time when the Government is preparing a hold up on the earnings of “France’s Farm”.

The reason? The €6 million surplus collected through the CASDAR––the fund earmarked for agricultural and rural development and financed by a tax indexed to farmers’ revenues––that is going to be redirected to the country’s general budget.

These key farming organizations are condemning “the breach of tax equality for farmers,” and are demanding that the tax be fully returned to finance agricultural development, or in other words “to benefit research, innovation and development actions that are now more than ever needed by agriculture to produce more and better.”

The Ministry of Agriculture is not talking about a hold up, but about freezing €6 million out of a total of €116 million collected for the CASDAR. The €6 million would provide the Government with a fund that could be called upon in case of emergency. In fact, the sum could be restored to farmers in the absence of other expenditures by the end of 2013… A small comfort.

One thing seems certain; The Government should not use agriculture as an adjustment variable in times of crisis and price hyper-volatility. Cutting corners in the agricultural development of “France’s Farm” eventually leads to damaging the competitiveness of an economic sector that is indeed specific and strategic. The United States and Brazil acknowledged this and rely on their agricultural strength. Can we too hope for a European wake-up call? Are we going to continue to sell-off an economic sector that is one of the leading contributors to France’s trade balance?

The future of French and European agriculture is at stake in the face of increasingly uncertain markets. All European Union countries need regulatory mechanisms to stabilize incomes at gainful levels, and effective tools to supervise agricultural markets. This is absolutely essential, and momagri has determined the full extent of this imperative in its proposal for a new Common Agricultural Policy.
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Paris, 25 June 2019