The Association of Young Farmers of Portugal (AJAP) defended this Tuesday measures of “positive discrimination” of agriculture, with relief of the tax burden mainly in the territories of low population density.
“It is important to review the tax burden, as well as Social Security spending, promoting positive discrimination for agriculture and those who live in low-density areas,” stated the AJAP management.
The organization reacted this Tuesday in a statement to the set of exceptional measures for the sector, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, presented on Saturday by the Ministry of Agriculture, which, in its opinion, gave a “clear sign that it is farmers and their concerns ”.
The measures presented, according to AJAP, which “need approval by the European Commission”, translate into a “maximum financial support of 85 million euros, supported by 2% of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)” for the period from 2021 to 2027, which “allows support to 145 thousand farms”.
In the note, the association points out that “the 85 million euros, if approved, correspond to 15% of direct payments”.
The proposals presented may be positive, given that they will introduce some liquidity to the holdings, in order to minimize the situation in which they find themselves due to the higher costs, difficulties in the marketing circuit and reduced demand by the consumer ”, he acknowledges.
However, in AJAP’s view, “there is still a lot to do, from giving more guarantees and certainties to young farmers who were and intend to settle, support the return (and not only of young people) to the countryside“.
AJAP praises, however, “the importance of tuning different countries” in the European Union (EU).
“We only regret that the country cannot allocate more funds from the State Budget to this sector that is so strategic and that it is not properly valued by various areas of governance, such as Social Security, taxes and energy costs, and in combating regional asymmetries. ”, He adds.
On the other hand, the association “regrets that the EU has some difficulty in being more solidary with countries with more fragilities and specificities, as is the case of Portugal, which has been so commented on in the last months of the pandemic”.
In Portugal, 1,247 people died from 29,432 confirmed as infected, and there are 6,431 recovered cases, according to the Directorate-General for Health.
Portugal entered on May 3 in a calamity situation due to the pandemic, after three consecutive periods in a state of emergency since March 19.