CEJA olive expert calls on Commissioner Cioloº to prioritise young farmers’ needs in Single CMO.
Earlier today, at the last ‘olive and derived products’ Advisory Group meeting before the summer, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloº, presented his action plan on the subject to the participating experts and observers.
In response, Clelia Cini, CEJA representative, was given the opportunity to explain the CEJA position on olives and derived products.
Clelia Cini from Italian young farmer organisation AGIA, accompanied by observer Juan Luis Avila from the Spanish young farmers, COAG, detailed the CEJA position on market organisation to the other participants of the meeting, including Commissioner Cioloº.
Highlighting the importance of long-term perspectives and accurate information for young farmers, Clelia Cini underlined in particular the need for a new reference price for olive oil as well as a faster private storage system in the sector.
She also added that “reinforcing producers’ organisations by making them competent in the fields of price negotiation and marketing should be essential priorities for the olive oil sector”.
On the broader issues of market organisation and the European Commission’s Single Common Market Organisation (CMO) proposals, Cini explained the elements that are essential in order to contribute to much-needed generational renewal in the sector: “Young farmers face ever increasing levels of investments and are exposed to several risks.
They need predictability in order to be able to ensure a sustainable development of their business. Markets cannot offer this long term perspective themselves in the way they work now.
CEJA believes that an effective safety net should be introduced in the CAP post-2013 to promptly and effectively face crisis situations, including the significant price volatility of agricultural products, which has adverse effects on farmers’ incomes.”
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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