Farmers Day Ukraine focuses on war and food prices
The effects of the Ukraine war on agricultural markets and food prices are central themes at the German Farmers’ Day.
Russia’s war against Ukraine also has far-reaching consequences for the food markets: consumer prices are rising, as are various costs for agriculture. How are politicians and industry reacting to this?
Luebeck. The effects of the Ukraine war on agricultural markets and food prices are a major topic at the German Farmers’ Day from Tuesday (12.30 p.m.) in Lübeck. Federal Minister of Agriculture Sam zdemir is also expected.
As the farmers’ association explained, many farms are struggling with sharply rising energy and fertilizer costs. Against this background, groceries in supermarkets have also become more expensive. In view of the decline in grain exports from Ukraine, there is also the possibility of supply bottlenecks in some countries.
On the two-day farmer’s day, around 450 delegates will discuss how to ease the tense situation by increasing production in Germany. The farmers’ association spoke out in favor of using the additional land for the cultivation of edible grains. Among other things, Izdemir made it possible to use grasses and plants from certain “ecological priority areas” as fodder. However, Green politicians are resisting further calls from the federal states to grow grain on fallow land.
Rejection of pesticides “ideological”?
The co-governing FDP generally called for more leeway for farmers. “Farmers are entrepreneurs who can contribute equally to food security and the achievement of climate and sustainability goals,” said FDP agricultural expert Gero Hawker. To do this, they need space for independent operational decisions and the right tools. Among other things, the ideological rejection of modern insecticides held the industry back. “Even against the background of an alarming hunger crisis in the world, this position is no longer morally valid.” More stability cannot be achieved with state transfer payments, but with impulses and support.
In addition to the acute crisis, other projects are pending. After years of discussion, zdemir has started a new effort for the state animal husbandry label for the meat. In addition, the financing must be secured so that farmers are not left alone to invest in more animal welfare in the barn. “When changing animal husbandry, we must not spare the farmers,” said zdemir of the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Tuesday). “You certainly can’t capitalize on the market overnight for more species-appropriate animal husbandry and more climate protection than some people think,” explained Zdemir.
According to the recommendations of a commission of experts, an increase in value added tax or a tax on animal products is being discussed. A surcharge of 40 cents may be levied per kg of meat. However, the alliance recently disintegrated. The FDP made it clear that, in view of inflation, it would ban price surcharges for consumers.
Zdemir told the “Rheinische Post” (Tuesday) that many food prices still have to rise. “We have to expect growth in autumn and winter, since the company now has to supply itself with expensive energy and the price increase is passed on to customers.”
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