We must work together to secure farmers’ income security, Kouyialis tells his EU counterparts

Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Nicos Kouyialis has called on his EU counterparts to work together to create the mechanisms that will prevent and effectively address crises in the market, in order to reduce the risk, provide security for the farmers’ income and make farmers more competitive and more sustainable, regardless of geographic, environmental and economic constraints.

According to a press release issued by the PIO, Kouyialis participated on Tuesday in the Informal Meeting of the EU ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries that took place in Tallinn, Estonia. The ministers discussion focused on the crisis management in the agricultural sector.

Kouyialis noted, in his intervention, that farmers are the weak link in the production and distribution chain of agricultural products, as they have limited access to information and a small share of the added value of the agricultural products that they produce.

“At the same time, our farmers, in cases of market crises, are disproportionately burdened with their potential share of responsibility,” he said and added that crisis management must be done through effective national insurance plans and through a single crisis prevention and crisis management mechanism at EU level.

Finally, Minister Kouyialis noted that crisis management mechanisms on the market should provide security and be a real protection net for EU farmers.

Source: Cyprus News Agency