Bad weather in Aude: is the crop insurance system really effective?

Bad weather in Aude: is the crop insurance system really effective?
Bad weather in Aude: is the crop insurance system really effective?

Socialist senator Sébastien Pla and National Rally deputy Julien Rancoule spoke on the issue of bad weather which affected Val-de-Dagne and Limoux. Once again, the relevance and effectiveness of compensation for victims of these climatic hazards are uncertain. Explanations.

After the bad weather which hit the west of the Aude department from Friday 17th in the evening until Sunday 19th May, causing significant damage to the vines, the time has come to find out how wine growers will be impacted by this new hazard. weather conditions may be compensated.

This mechanism discourages a large number of operators from taking out hail insurance.

This is the question raised by the socialist senator of Aude Sébastien Pla in a correspondence with the office of the Minister of Agriculture Marc Fesneau this Tuesday, May 21. “The recurrence of extreme climatic events such as drought, frost and hail, highlights the necessary adaptation of insurance compensation which is based on the calculation of the Olympic average which no longer means anything when the harvests are impacted all years This mechanism discourages a large number of operators from taking out insurance against hail, to the extent that the compensation is not commensurate with the operating losses compared to a year without hazards. regrets the parliamentarian.

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“If the crop insurance system has the merit of existing, it becomes urgent to adapt it by improving the assessment of the climate impact over a longer period, for example, but also and above all by better anticipating the needs support on managing change on farms, helping farmers over the long term” adds the one who is vice-president of the vine and wine group of the Senate.

A medium and long term analysis but Sébastien Pla also wants more rapid measurements. He thus proposes “the extension to affected Aude operators of the one-stop shop exceptional solidarity fund and the implementation of tax relief on undeveloped land on damaged plots, exemption from social security contributions and debt deferral, without which many farmers including many young, recently established farmers who are going out of business”.

Responses from the Ministry of Agriculture on compensation for damage

An emergency and a climatic event which is also at the origin of an oral question formulated in the National Assembly this Tuesday, May 21 by the deputy of the National Rally, the Audois Julien Rancoule. Insisting “on the seriousness of these localized episodes” and the fact that they could “be underestimated from Paris” then “these losses threaten the survival of several farms”the parliamentarian called for “the triggering of the national solidarity fund with the publication of an immediate ministerial decree”.

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In his response, the Minister of Agriculture provided several elements. First of all concerning the insured winegrowers. “Aude, like other departments, was particularly affected by episodes of hail with a thousand hectares of vines affected out of the 60,000 ha in the department. An expert mission was implemented”. However, Marc Fesneau ruled out the hypothesis of a reform of the insurance system. “This system has just been reformed and makes it possible to take into account the damage caused by hail and which was not yet taken into account. We need to work at the European level. First of all, on the rules which come cap the aid that can be given to farmers in the event of a disaster like this. We have taken steps with many European states to ask for the threshold to be raised and we are hopeful of obtaining satisfaction in the coming months. need to work on the Olympic average – calculation based on data from the last five years of production – which worked with classic climatic damage but which today with climate change is no longer suitable”.

Concerning those who are not insured for this type of event, “they will benefit from national solidarity beyond 50% of losses. The system of relief on undeveloped land and the system of deferral of social security contributions for a certain number of them will be possible from now on. Finally , I asked my services to look on a case-by-case basis at what additional measures can be taken. The State will be there.”.

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