The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food plans to bring to the Council of Ministers the memory of the Strategic Project for the Recovery and Economic Transformation (Perte) agri-food, with the aim that the first calls can be made in the first quarter of 2022.
This has been recognized by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, in the I Forum of Retail and Mass Consumption , organized by elEconomista, with the sponsorship of Adyen, Calvo, Coca-Cola, Coviran, Deloitte, El Corte Inglés , Flax & Kale, IberCaja, Familia Mahou San Miguel, McDonald’s and Tendam.
As Planas has recognized, “the purpose of this Perte, which is being developed with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, is threefold: first, to increase competitiveness through digitization and artificial intelligence actions that are fundamental in the agri-food sector as a whole; secondly, promoting sustainability through energy saving, water treatment or the implementation of circular economy recycling practices; and thirdly, guaranteeing the traceability and food safety of each project participating in the Perte ” .
In his opinion, these are “very important elements in a sector that has its own characteristics, where there are large operators, but also more than 95% of SMEs that we have to involve in this great national project.”
Likewise, the head of the Agriculture portfolio has pointed out that “all issues related to environmental sustainability are not possible if the economic profitability of the agri-food system and each of its links is not guaranteed. Sustainability goes through profitability. there is no future “.
On the other hand, the minister recalled that this week the Council of Ministers approved a draft law for the prevention of losses and food waste. And it is that “we are going to approach, most likely, over 10,000 million inhabitants on the planet in 2050 with FAO forecasts of growth in food needs of between 55% and 70% compared to the current situation. All this means a production process in the entire food and beverage chain that must necessarily be sustainable and where the element related to the waste of products, which, according to FAO, represents between 25% and 30% of the whole of the production, reducing it is a very important success. ”
European contingency plan
On the other hand, Luis Planas has missed a European agri-food contingency plan. As the minister recalled, in a meeting he held last year, under the German presidency of the European Union, the European Commission was asked for a European contingency plan in the face of a situation like the one we have experienced. As he has assured, this plan will be delivered “within a few weeks.”
On the other hand, Planas has said that the Spanish agri-food chain, together with that of Canada, has had fewer incidents and stock breaks throughout the period of the pandemic and the OECD placed us as a reference model.
In addition, Planas has commented that the agri-food sector has been able to break export records. “In fact, in 2020 we have reached a figure that exceeds 57,000 million euros, it is a spectacular figure. We are the fourth exporting country in the EU and the eighth exporting country in the world in food and beverages. With a balance in the trade balance favorable in the agri-food sector of 20,300 million euros, which places us in second place after the Netherlands within the EU “, he detailed.