Özdemir: “Putin will not decide who bakes bread” – Economy & Volkswagen – News

Özdemir: “Putin will not decide who bakes bread” – Economy & Volkswagen – News

At their autumn meeting, federal and state agriculture ministers emphasized the systemic importance of the food industry and farmers.

The industry needs clear statements about what is happening in the gas shortage, said the chairman of the Conference of Ministers of Agriculture (AMK) and the Minister of Agriculture of Saxony-Anhalt Sven Schulze on Friday in Quedlinburg. “When will the company supply gas? That’s what producers expect, that’s what companies expect, too,” said the CDU politician. In a technical discussion with the Internet Federal Agency one can discuss and get an assessment.

The Federal Grid has once again made it clear that gas storage facilities are currently relatively full, said Schulze. However, he was not satisfied with all the messages. The consensus was that not only was it important to save gas, but that one had to hope for a good winter. “We can’t be relying on the weather report to see if we’re going to get through the winter well. That means the federal government has to deliver here.

The food industry is facing high energy prices

In the talks with the authority, it was worked out “very well” that the agriculture and food sector is not only systemically important, but also a protected customer to get the supply of basic food, said the Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Till Backhaus (SPD) . Cem Özdemir (Greens) also said that he agreed with Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) that food businesses should also benefit from the federal government’s energy cost control program. These include bakeries, butchers and breweries. “Putin will not decide who bakes with us and who doesn’t,” the Federal Minister said.

With regard to the restructuring of livestock farming in Germany, the agriculture ministers are demanding a “binding general concept” from the federal government as soon as possible. That must also be supported by appropriate funding, said AMK boss Schulze. In addition, the concept should be developed with the participation of the federal states.

A signal is expected from Berlin

Lower Saxony’s Agriculture Minister Barbara Otte-Kinast called for a clear signal from the federal government. “Livestock farms need long-term contracts that will compensate for the additional costs of higher levels of animal welfare and give them the security to plan for the investment and depreciation phase,” said the CDU politician.

Many parties have long agreed on measures to change animal husbandry. The commission called Borchert, an important commission of experts, had already presented the idea of ​​a gradual transition to higher levels in 2020. In particular, the financing issues have not yet been resolved.

“Whoever rejects this funding rejects German meat for a long time, says no to breeding in Germany for a long time and thus says yes to breeding from elsewhere,” said Özdemir. He is happy about the “tail” he is taking from the ministerial meeting in the World Heritage city.

At the same time, farmers were protesting in the market square a few hundred meters from the meeting place. After their meeting, Özdemir and Schulze came to the meeting. Özdemir was booed by farmers during his speech.

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