Concrete solutions to fight price volatility for Europe's farmers who are increasingly exposed to risks and who are highly dependent on natural factors which are sometimes beyond their control, like climate conditions, plant and animal diseases, were adopted today by the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee.
MEPs voted on Angélique Delahaye’s Report on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) tools to reduce risks for farmers through better price stability. “My Report contains three main proposals”, explained Delahaye. “Firstly, I think it is important to develop better contracts between the agricultural sector’s actors including farmers, processors and distributors. Secondly, I propose setting up an insurance system to guarantee income for producers through mutual fund schemes which would be subsidised and guaranteed by the European Commission. Finally, I consider it necessary to promote market transparency through European observatories and price indicators because the lack of price transparency, especially between the farmer and the customer, is a clear problem.”
Angélique Delahaye MEP also outlined that the CAP must seek to put farmers at the heart of the strategy: "The long-term aims of the CAP must be to ensure fair standards of living for the agricultural community, stabilising markets and guaranteeing viable food production”, said Delahaye.
"As a farmer myself, I wanted to show that the European Parliament, and especially the EPP Group, is mobilised and will provide concrete solutions to agricultural issues", she concluded.