The agri-food sector should be given priority in the event of a gas shortage - COPA president

Monday, September 26, 2022
Between the beet in the field and your sugar, semolina in yogurt, there are an enormous amount of processing processes that require energy and water. We have fought for agriculture to be one of the "critical and strategic" sectors at EU level. In July last year, the Commission recognised that agricultural sectors are critical and strategic and that they must not suffer from cuts. Now we must do the same at national level. Production costs are reaching record highs for farmers, while prices in French supermarkets have not yet gone up. How can this be explained? We have very powerful, organised and united retailers in France who put enormous pressure on prices. This leads to the fact that we have cheap food. We have an inflation rate of just under six percent in France, while it is 18 percent in England, 17 percent in the Netherlands and 28 percent in Estonia. The difficulty for us producers is to pass on our production costs to the end of the food chain.
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