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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The beef crisis in France:
An economic downturn amid structural weaknesses

June 22, 2015

The leaders of the beef industry summoned by French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll on June 17, pledged to reconsider and raise the prices paid to cattle farmers, who had been blocking access to the France’s major slaughterhouses since June 14. French cattle farmers have been paralyzed for several months now, and are demanding gainful prices to cover their costs. For its part, The French National Bovine Federation (FNB) estimates that prices should reach about €4.50/kilogram of carcass across categories, while the current average price is €3.70/kilogram of carcass, and some cattle raisers are earning less than €1,000 per month.

To address this situation, Stéphane Le Foll announced the upcoming creation of a “meat export platform” that could be implemented this summer. The objective is to assist businesses in responding to tenders, and give them the required instruments to expand through public/private partnerships.

While an agreement has been achieved in the beef industry, the French situation is such that it remains under a constant spotlight, since the emergency measures implemented in extremis are only covering deeper weaknesses in an unstable and volatile context. In addition to continuing low incomes, the industry is currently suffering from the Russian embargo, degraded meat prices, declining grain costs and a common agricultural policy that is generally inadequate.

As a result, a recent report issued by the French General Council for Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas (CGAAER) calls on the beef industry to “commit to a form of anticipation, proactive patterns and more structured administration, with the support of public authorities and provided it is based on the industry’s collective force.”

It can even be said that an enormous amount of work remains to be done, especially through the implementation of production and market regulation tools, all the more so since the European Union is confronted to the proactive strategies adopted by powerhouses such as the United States, Brazil or India.

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