Between the farmers of Lot-et-Garonne and Gabriel Attal, it’s a story of “chaos” and “cash”

Between the farmers of Lot-et-Garonne and Gabriel Attal, it’s a story of “chaos” and “cash”
Between the farmers of Lot-et-Garonne and Gabriel Attal, it’s a story of “chaos” and “cash”

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The Prime Minister met with agricultural unions on Saturday. CR 47 promised chaos for October if nothing changed. The FDSEA 47 and the JA 47 believe that there has been progress.

Two images, two atmospheres. To illustrate its meeting with the Prime Minister on Saturday ahead of the inauguration of the Camélat bridge, the Rural Coordination of Lot-et-Garonne (CR 47) chose a photograph where its leaders, Karine Duc and José Pérez, accompanied by the president from the agricultural chamber Serge Bousquet-Cassagne face Gabriel Attal.

For their part, the Young Farmers (JA 47) and the Departmental Federation of Agricultural Operators’ Unions of Lot-et-Garonne (FDSEA 47) opted for a cliché where they are aligned with the strong man of Matignon. These two shots reveal the strategies engaged by these competing unions while the internal elections to the chambers of agriculture will take place in January 2025.

Even if his meeting with Gabriel Attal had been scheduled the day before – at 2 p.m. at the prefecture –, CR 47 had put a lot of pressure on it by leaving the possibility of disrupting the day at Camélat if the interview was canceled . “I’m like Saint-Thomas,” confided Karine Duc. The threat was taken seriously by the prefect.

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“We promised Jean Dionis that Attal’s visit would go well”

What was said during this face-to-face meeting between CR 47 and the Prime Minister which lasted more than an hour? “Already,” reports Serge Bousquet-Cassagne, “we explained to him that he could thank Jean Dionis (mayor of Agen and president of the Agglo) to whom we had promised that his visit would go well. Otherwise he wouldn’t have even landed.”

He adds: “We also warned him. If he does not keep his promises – and his promises suit us – there will be chaos in October because until then we will be in our fields and our farms. Karine even made him tick-tock, tick-tock. The countdown begins. The disarmament of the OFB is still not there. As for the desire to bring mass distribution into line, he was told that Michel-Edouard Leclerc was still laughing at Bruno Le Maire’s little muscular arms. »

“The cash is there”

As José Pérez assures us, the CR 47 has “made a big difference”. “When it comes to income, they are powerless. Since they do not have the possibility of increasing the price of farmers’ products, they must lower our charges with a tariff shield. The price of diesel and the elimination of property taxes were also discussed.

“Far from the media hype and intimidation”, the JA 47 and the FDSEA 47 were received following CR 47 until 4:45 p.m. The delegation was made up of Aurélien Tuffery, Claudine Facci, Guillaume Poulliquen, Jacques Chapolard and Henry Jonglas.
In the process, it published a press release: “We still obtained direct cash on our farms with the increase in the TFB reduction from 20 to 30%, the maintenance of the GNR tax reduction with the addition of the Tipp at the bottom of invoices, the increase in the DEP, and many others… The sustainability of the TO/DE is also an important element bringing cash to our labor-employing farms. So, of course, it’s not enough given the crisis in the agricultural world, but the cash is there.”

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JA 47 and the FDSEA 47 note, however, that “many points remain to be resolved”. Organic aid is still not paid, despite the promises of this same Prime Minister 3 months ago. They are awaiting the realization of all the measures announced in the PLOAA (Pact and the agricultural orientation and future law). “For the rest, maintaining ambiguity and playing on fear unfortunately only serves the chamber election campaign and not the interests of farmers,” they conclude. “This is the first time that I have seen an agricultural union commit suicide by sending a press release directly,” retorts Serge Bousquet-Cassagne.

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