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Andalusian Government Requests CAP Changes for Olive Growers

By Paolo DeAndreis
Feb. 2, 2023 13:20 UTC

The Andalusian regional gov­ern­ment con­firmed that the cur­rent national strate­gic plan, which imple­ments the multi-year European Union Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), would slash funds des­tined for olive and organic farm­ing in the region.

To com­bat these eco­nomic bur­dens, Junta de Andalucia coun­cilors requested that the reward sys­tem intro­duced by the CAP be applied to farm­ers with­out the need for them to for­mally adopt one or more eco-schemes.

While the CAP pro­vides funds to farm­ers when they fol­low the envi­ron­men­tal and sus­tain­able min­i­mum prac­tices included in the pol­icy, addi­tional funds are also pro­vided to those farm­ers who adopt the eco-schemes.

CAP 2023 – 2027 eco-schemes include low-car­bon agri­cul­ture and agro-ecol­ogy prac­tices, such as spon­ta­neous or sowed veg­e­ta­tion cover, infield veg­e­ta­tion cover, the estab­lish­ment of bio­di­ver­sity areas, exten­sive graz­ing of live­stock, crop rota­tion and more.

The pro­posed mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the strate­gic plan will be sent to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment by March 1st. According to the Junta, organic farm­ing and olive farms should be con­sid­ered eco-scheme adopters per sé” because of the nature of their agri­cul­tural oper­a­tions.

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The ini­tia­tive aims to pre­vent farm­ers’ need to set up addi­tional envi­ron­men­tally-friendly prac­tices to receive the eco-scheme funds.

As ABC de Sevilla reports, the Junta de Andalucia Board will ask the national gov­ern­ment to imple­ment a flex­i­ble approach to the eco-schemes. During the first year of deploy­ment, they ask for pay­ments to be given to eli­gi­ble farms and no sanc­tions to be applied.

The Board will also ask that the oblig­a­tions to main­tain veg­etable cover among the olive trees and graz­ing in live­stock fields be can­celed.

Additionally, the Board would like more soil types to be con­sid­ered for the rewards. Currently, the pol­icy focuses on farm­land slopes.

According to the Board, it is also cru­cial to rede­fine the olive grove regions to soften the cuts imple­mented by the strate­gic plan since the orig­i­nal eigh­teen olive grow­ing areas in Andalusia have been reduced to four. Agropopular reported that the Board will ask the gov­ern­ment to increase the regions to six.

The Andalusian gov­ern­ment has esti­mated that the strate­gic plan will reduce funds to local farm­ers by €500 mil­lion per year.


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