CRV – Changes to the 2014-2022 Rural Development Program for the Veneto approved

CRV – Changes to the 2014-2022 Rural Development Program for the Veneto approved
CRV – Changes to the 2014-2022 Rural Development Program for the Veneto approved
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(Arv) Venice 15 Nov. 2022 – The regional legislative assembly, during today’s session, approved by majority (30 votes in favour) and 8 abstentions (opposition), the Proposal for administrative resolution no. 52 Rural Development Program 2014-2022 for the Veneto. Amendment pursuant to article 11, letter b) of Regulation (EU) no. 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council and of article 4 paragraph 2 first subparagraph of Regulation (EU) no. 808/2014 for managing the effects on agriculture of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and for increasing the resilience of agriculture to climate change. Proposal for the Regional Council. Article 9, paragraph 2, Regional Law 26/2011.

In summary, the proposed administrative resolution no. 52 – explained the speaker Nazarene Gerolimetto – of modification of the RDP assumes as first point of notification the ‘Exceptional temporary support for farmers and SMEs particularly affected by the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine’. Furthermore, the proposed amendment is guided by the need to provide emergency responses relating to the severe water deficit of 2022 and the African swine fever emergency. In detail, the impact of the war in Ukraine provides for a subsidy of up to 3,000 euros per farmer, equal to a total of 17 million euros; the climate emergency that has manifested itself with a progressive serious water crisis makes it necessary to further support investment actions to direct the company irrigation systems towards technologies that use water more efficiently and allow it to be saved and therefore it is proposed increase of the budget of the sub-measure of 11 million euros to be allocated to saving water. These changes have no implications in the financial framework and I recall that they were approved by the Third Standing Commission”.

The co-rapporteur Christina Watch (EV) she then intervened to underline the importance of this proposed administrative resolution by summarizing the changes according to three warnings to follow: point no. 1 ‘Autonomous supply chain starting from the seed’ (“the famous concept of food autonomy must intervene from the outset. If we don’t have the genetic property we are dependent on others. We need to invest in research, in genetics”); point 2. ‘Well-managed water’ (“water is a precious commodity, the importance of having good water is crucial, above all for health”); point 3. ‘Too much stuff’ (let’s make sure of the appropriate and necessary political choices to avoid the negative impact of intensive farming on limited territories)”.

The adviser Elena Ostanel “The transfer of 11 million euros to strengthen sub-measure 4.1 aimed at saving water is necessary”.

The adviser Andrew Zanoni “It is important to point out that our agriculture in Veneto, Italy in general and throughout Europe is facing questions due to the climate emergency in this period. Added to this is also the sustainability of intensive farming which has a strong impact on the territory, which should not be underestimated. Intensive farming for the production of meat also involves the production of food for animals, and the meat industry has a significant impact on biodiversity”.

The adviser Joseph Pan , “I feel like saying that we have an important resolution. In these last 4 years, we have been overwhelmed by the economic crisis, by Covid-19, by the war in Ukraine, by drought. All this leads us to think about being a little more sovereign at home, trying to produce more in Italy, thus reducing dependence on external sources. With respect to what my fellow opposition councilors have said, I agree with them that we all want sustainable, organic agriculture but today we have reached 8 billion people who populate this Earth. 8 billion people who have to eat. Be careful to say that intensive farming is not good! Rather, I support Councilor Guarda when she says that we need to invest in genetics. A genetics that represents our future”.

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At the end of the session, the Councilor intervened Frederick Caner “I would like to note that these changes to the RDP have been agreed with the European Commission. The shift of resources, for example of the 11 million euros, in favor of the water crisis are derived from unused resources. Resources are not taken away but they are moved. I also point out that it is not easy to do organic farming in the Po Valley, but I also remember that the Veneto Region supports 2000 organic farms out of a total of 2500 companies”.

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