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05.08.2016

New CAP can make EU farming profitable

Spanish farmers consider the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as an opportunity to cut red tape and make environmental measures more efficient. But in order for EU farming to become more profitable and sustainable, structural reforms are needed.
Spanish farmers
The new CAP could be also a good tool to tackle price volatility and increase the competitiveness of the EU agri-food sector
According to Spanish farmers, the new CAP poses a big challenge: provide farmers with a more efficient and dynamic framework to allow them to better manage the market and at the same time confront crises like the Russian embargo or the end of milk quotas.

Bureaucracy and administrative simplification are hot issues for the new CAP.
Reducing red tape would help farmers comply with the ‘greening’ (environmental) requirements of the new CAP, and also the new norms contained in trade agreements between the EU and third countries to better optimise the EU’s production model.

In their view, the new CAP can also help reach out to new markets and support the process of resizing and concentration of the agri-sector to make it more competitive.

The Union of Small Farmers and Breeders (Unión de Pequeños Agricultores y Ganaderos, UPA) believes that the current criteria on greening should be reviewed as they do not match with the situation in Spain regarding fallow, ratios or diversification.

The UPA spokesperson also stressed that the Russian embargo highlighted the importance of opening up new markets for the EU and exposed the weaknesses and vulnerability of the European farming sector vis-a-vis political decisions made outside the sector.


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