The National Bovine Federation (FNB) recently calculated that a beef farmer earned an average of 8,000 euros in 2020, or less than 700 euros per month.



“We cannot abandon you.

The Covid-19 crisis has given rise to difficult and precarious situations.

Jean Castex announced on Saturday the release of 60 million euros in emergency aid to the most troubled breeders.

"For all the breeders who earned less than 11,000 euros in 2020 and who suffered significant losses, which represents 18,000 farms, (...) we are going to set up an exceptional financial support system which will cover up to 80 % of operating losses, ”said the Prime Minister, who was traveling in the Creuse.

"This means an envelope of 60 million (euros) which will be added to the envelope provided for in the recovery plan (...) of 50 million for the restructuring of the sector, actions that I want to link", specified Jean Castex, at the end of a round table with representatives of this agricultural sector.

" It is a whole.

There is an emergency, we must respond to it.

But emergency aid will not solve anything "for the livestock sector," these sectors must continue to improve, especially in the meat sector, to be better structured ", insisted the head of government. , while in the recovery plan presented in early September, the executive provides a total of 1.2 billion for the agriculture and food sector.

Deprived of their showcase at the Agricultural Show due to Covid-19

Celebrated by the political authorities for having continued to feed the French at the height of the health crisis, farmers remain faced with a multitude of challenges and unease that remains, deprived again this year of their showcase of the Agricultural Show for cause of Covid-19.

Beyond livestock, the income of French farms fell in 2020, estimated INSEE at the end of December, a consequence of poor harvests of cereals and beets, but also of the drop in cash flow from pig farms and bovine (milk and meat).

Farmers regularly denounce the fact that they have to sell their animals at a price lower than their production costs.

A cattle farmer earned less than 700 euros per month in 2020

The National Bovine Federation (FNB) recently calculated that a beef farmer earned an average of 8,000 euros in 2020, or less than 700 euros per month.

The excess mortality from suicide is also "particularly marked among cattle breeders (milk and meat) aged 45 to 54", according to the FNB.

Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie for his part indicated the government's desire to bring into force from September 1 this year, instead of 2022, the revaluation of farmers' pensions from 75 to 85% of the minimum wage, voted by Parliament in June.

He promised "changes" to the Food Law, recalling however that "the law cannot fix the price" of agricultural products but that the government had "increased the penalties" against distributors.


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