The counselor has also referred to the export data in the agri-food sector from January to August of this year, which he has valued as “very positive”, pointing out that products have been sold outside the borders for a value of 1.7 billion euros. which in the month of August represented 39% of the exports of the entire Castilian-Manchega economy.
The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development, Francisco Martínez Arroyo, has clearly nominated himself this Friday in favor of Joe Biden as the new US president because he believes that “it is better for everyone”, including the sector, that the Democratic candidate wins.
During the closing of the assembly of the Association of Farmers and Ranchers of Guadalajara (APAG) to ratify the new president, Juan José Laso, the counselor pointed out that it is evident that although Castilla-La Mancha has not done badly with cheese Not even with wine or oil, despite the tariffs, the region does not want them because they “harm” it.
He has said loud and clear that for him it is necessary to commit to those who defend a model of “stable and solid” international relations between trading partners, stressing that the US should be that, “a preferred trading partner for the European Union” and he also believes that This is what the entire agri-food sector thinks.
In this sense, it has influenced that the regional government is interested in all trade agreements and that there are no tariffs with the US, but regardless of what happens, it believes that it is mandatory to sit down at the table to eliminate these tariffs that currently weigh on products as important for the Castilian-Manchego region as wine, oil or cheese.
In any case, Martínez Arroyo has assured that the sector has adapted much better than one could think to the situation and particularly in an emblematic product of the region such as Manchego cheese, which, as he has specified, exports to the United States with tariffs they have increased in a very relevant way and both in oil and wine, they have managed to continue entering the market.
“I am sure that this will be the case because the US will also have an interest in solving the problem it is causing for its consumers,” he pointed out.
In his speech, the counselor also referred to the export data in the agri-food sector from January to August of this year, which he valued as “very positive”, pointing out that products have been sold outside the borders for a value of 1.7 billion euros, a figure that in the month of August represented 39% of the exports of the entire Castilian-Manchega economy.
As explained, the weight of the sector has risen throughout the country in this crisis and especially in Castilla-La Mancha, standing at 16% of the overall economy in the region.
In this sense, the Minister of Agriculture has acknowledged that the pandemic has shown that the agri-food sector is “very available” and that it has been able to respond to the needs of the population and has worked “like clockwork” in situations of “enormous difficulty”. In his view, it is clear that the sector has “set an example” for society.
On the other hand, it refers to the 2,674 sheep and goat farmers with meat aptitude in Castilla-La Mancha who, starting next week, will receive payment of the aid committed during the toughest phase of the pandemic to compensate for their income losses in confinement.
COAGRAL IS “AN EXAMPLE” OF CREATING MARKETING STRUCTURES
Regarding the renewal in APAG, the director thanked the outgoing president, Antonio Zahonero, for his years of dedication in the sector and congratulated the new president and the new board of directors, recognizing that “times change and progress is necessary with the times ».
With express reference to the organization’s cooperative, Coagral, it has been used as an “example” of how agricultural organizations can create a marketing structure that represents the interests of many of the farmers and ranchers.
“You are an example of success and I hope you continue like this in the future”, he clarified after highlighting the fact that 54 young people joined the Primary sector in the last call in 2018.
LOSA ADMITS A “TREMENDOUS UNCERTAINTY” BY THE CAP
For his part, Laso, whose position has been ratified this Friday in an extraordinary assembly, pointed out in his speech that his objective is to “fight” for the organization, to incorporate young people who also want to work.
Regarding the state of the field, the new president of APAG has indicated that the prices of the products are still low and that there is a “tremendous uncertainty” with the Community Agrarian Policy (PAC).