The new Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Marc Fesneau announced Monday in eastern Bordeaux the activation of a series of measures, including the staggering of the repayment of loans guaranteed by the State, to relieve the farms affected by the violent episode of hail that crossed France at the end of last week.
“We are going to activate very quickly the devices that we know, such as the reduction of social charges, the tax exemption on the tax on unbuilt land, these are classic elements that we know; also look at the devices that can be taken in the context of agricultural disasters,” Marc Fesneau told the press after his meeting with winegrowers on a farm affected Thursday in Saint-Quentin-de-Caplong, on the border of Bergeracois.
“There is a request that has been made, we are working hard on it, to ensure that the loans guaranteed by the State can be extended over time because we will have a loss of revenue on our farms” , he continued, without giving any figures.
In the short term, “we need to have an inventory very quickly to activate the devices (…) We have a very violent event in very many departments but in localized areas. We need to look the differences between those who were insured or not, those who were covered for such and such risks. We will do it on a case-by-case basis”, he continued, assuring “the mobilization of the State” .
He also returned to the new harvest insurance system, which will apply from January 1, 2023. “It is the doubling of the budget from 300 to 600 million euros, which will allow more than farmers to make sure”.
On the prevention side, “we must work on systems that make it possible to lessen the effects of stormy phenomena (in the face of) climate change which produces more regular and more powerful events”.
The intense storm that crossed France was a “real disaster” for agriculture, the hail having affected vineyards, cereal crops and buildings, the president of the FNSEA told AFP on Sunday. , Christiane Lambert.
Significant damage was noted across France, with more than 40 departments affected, ranging from Brittany to Gers and Landes via Indre-et-Loire or Allier, according to the union.
06/06/2022 14:23:45 – Saint-Quentin-de-Caplong (France) (AFP) – © 2022 AFP