The rural world, the countryside, is a serious socioeconomic sector for Spain. And in recent times, disaffection has spread, and even discomfort, due to some measures promoted by the Government of Spain, which had its maximum expression in the demonstration last March in Madrid of farmers, ranchers and hunters. In the Executive they know of the capital importance of the primary sector. And it has been staged with the presentation, by Pedro Sánchez, of the Strategic Project for the Recovery and Economic Transformation (PERTE) of the agri-food sector, which will involve an investment of around 1,800 million.
The President of the Government has traveled to Ciudad Real, in the company of up to four ministers -which gives a measure of the importance and concern that this sector generates in the Government-, in the framework of the National Wine Fair to explain his ” political commitment” to allocate “more resources to the dignity and competitiveness of the primary sector”.
As this newspaper has been reporting, in the PSOE there is concern that the disaffection in the rural world, increased by the rise in prices and the economic crisis, plus measures such as the Animal Welfare Law, cause a flight of votes towards Vox in the next electoral appointments, beginning with the imminent elections in Andalusia.
Aware of this, the President of the Government, taking advantage of the presentation of this Member of the agri-food sector, wanted to send a message: “Our concern for the rural world is not rhetorical. It is a State policy. Spain is proud of its countryside, of its agriculture, livestock and fishing. And this Government supports the countryside with real facts”, explained the head of the Executive, citing the Food Chain Law, the CAP, or the aid approved to alleviate the resulting crisis.
That concern that disaffection in the rural world has an electoral cost is also evident in Congress, where in recent weeks when the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, has had to confront the Vox deputy Macarena Olona, he has resorted to the message that this party acts against the interests of the farmers with its rejection of the government’s measures. This Wednesday it happened again.
This agri-food Perte, according to data handled by the Government, is expected to provide more than 15,000 jobs in the sector in the coming years and contribute 3,000 million to GDP. It is structured in three axes: 400 million for the industrial strengthening of the sector, to improve competitiveness, sustainability, traceability and food safety; 454 million for digitization processes of the entire agri-food chain; and a third axis of 148 million allocated to research in the agri-food field.
To these 1,000 million are added another 800, as announced by Sánchez, destined, among other things, to improve water management and irrigation.
Currently, based on data from the Ministry of Agriculture, it is estimated that the Gross Added Value (GVA) of the Spanish agri-food system accounts for approximately 8.4% of the total GDP of the economy, a figure that would rise to 9% if we also consider imported food, generating a total of more than 2.3 million jobs.
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