The PP proposes a plan to integrate agri-food cooperatives and give them a more business character

12/26/2023 The Deputy Secretary of Sustainable Development of the PP, Paloma Martín, during a press conference, at the headquarters of the Popular Party, on December 26, 2023, in Madrid (Spain). During the appearance, they spoke about the current political situation, marked by the amnesty law and the King’s speech on December 24, in which he defended the Constitution and the unity of Spain. POLITICS A. Pérez Meca – Europa Press

The deputy secretary of Sustainable Development of the PP, Paloma Martín, proposed this Wednesday a plan for the integration of agri-food cooperatives, so that they are “stronger, and more competitive.” For this purpose, she has said that they should be given a more business-like character and strengthen their professionalism so that they “gain muscle in the market.” This was stated after a meeting with the management of the Agri-Food Cooperatives of Spain, headed by its president, Ángel Villafranca, and the general director Gabriel Trenzado, to analyze the situation of the Spanish agri-food sector. She has been accompanied by the spokespersons of the Popular Group on the matter, Pedro Gallardo, Javier Folch and Antonio Martínez. As reported by the PP in a statement, the representatives of Agri-Food Cooperatives – representing more than 3,600 agricultural cooperatives, which represent a turnover of 38,428 million euros – have expressed their concern about the water situation and the difficulties of generational change in the countryside, and have defended the need for a better defense of Spain’s interests in Europe. Paloma Martín has also highlighted the need for a National Water Pact and a global infrastructure investment plan that includes an improvement in the efficiency of irrigation, both proposals included in the electoral program of the Popular Party, according to the PP. . In addition, the meeting analyzed the increase in production and marketing costs in the sector, which “are higher than those of other countries, unbalancing the trade balance with a growth in imports triple that of exports in the last year. “. In this sense, Martín has criticized that Spain is the only European country that has implemented the plastic tax in the middle of the price crisis, which makes the marketing of products so expensive. SHOOTING PRODUCTION COSTS In addition, Martín recalled that the PP has once again asked the Government to reduce VAT on meat, fish and preserves because, as he said, the price of food has increased by 33% since Sánchez governs. . In her opinion, the cooperative sector “needs measures that contribute to reducing production and marketing costs.” Likewise, the meeting discussed the PP’s proposal to protect the strategic nature of the sector through a law, the necessary reform of the food PERTE, which has a “scarce and falsified” budget, and the need to reform the chain law. food, whose approval was not agreed upon with the sector, has proven to be “ineffective” in verifying production costs and sales at a loss and whose excessive bureaucracy has encouraged the importation of products. Martín has also shown the PP’s commitment to a modern industry that supports the bioeconomy, innovation and digitalization of the food sector as a whole, as well as continuing to deepen increasing the size of farms and avoiding excessive atomization, according to a statement from the PP. PP.

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