Cyprus has secured in 2018, 17% increased red tuna quota compared to 2017, announced minister Kougialis

The Republic of Cyprus has secured for 2018 an increase in the allocation of the red tuna quota by 17% compared to 2017, announced Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Nikolaos Kougialis, who participated today in the EU Council of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries in Brussels. According to the Minister, following the decisions of the EU 28 on fishing opportunities under the Common Fisheries Policy, Cyprus, managed to double the red tuna fishing quota from 69 metric tons in 2013 to 138 metric tons in 2018.

During his official intervention in the Council, the Minister of Agriculture welcomed the opening of the Fisheries Council and the Agreement on the Fishing Allowance Regulation of 2018.

Concerning the preliminary discussions on the future of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Agriculture Minister Nikolaos Kougialis welcomed the publication of the Commissions Communication on the Future of Food and Agriculture, which marks the beginning of the discussions on the new CAP after 2020.

In his speech to the Council, Minister Kougialis said that a reform of the EU agricultural sector is needed to achieve a modernized CAP that adds value to the agricultural sector, boosting farmers income and providing them with tools for effective risk management.

The Minister stressed to his counterparts that the new CAP should strengthen the social and economic fabric of the countryside by supporting and creating small and medium-sized enterprises and offering new jobs.

In addition, Minister Kougialis stressed that the new CAP should renew the rural population by providing incentives to attract young farmers, allowing them to adapt to new climate change, reassure resource efficiency and provide greater care for environment while promoting the cyclical economy.

Finally, the Minister for Agriculture underlined that through the new CAP agricultural production should become sustainable and should be able to meet the expectations of citizens on health and food safety issues.

In conclusion, Minister of Agriculture Nikolaos Kougialis stressed that the new CAP should take into account the objective difficulties faced by Member States in terms of production costs, environmental obligations and the availability of natural resources.

The Council also discussed issues related to African swine fever and addressing unfair commercial practices, and discussed the results of a conference titled “Modern Biotechnology in Agriculture”.

As announced, Kougialis, after the Council is traveling to Paris to represent the President of the Republic, Nikos Anastasiadis, at the “One Planet Summit”, convened by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, on the occasion of two years from the historic Paris climate agreement.

Source: Cyprus News Agency