Elisabeth Borne at the bedside of farmers in the grip of drought; Marine Le Pen campaigning for the legislative elections

Elisabeth Borne was on the move in the Loiret, at the bedside of farmers in the grip of drought

At the end of her visit to a farm and discussions with farmers exposed to the risk of drought, the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, took the floor, Thursday around 4.30 p.m., for a brief intervention in front of the media, from Sandillon, in Loiret. This was followed by a short speech by ministers Amélie de Montchalin and Marc Fesneau. They did not, however, wish to answer questions from journalists.

During his speech, Mr.me Borne assured that his government was ” alongside ” drought-affected farmers and loan “ to accompany them” financially and “determined to act to prevent the situation from deteriorating”arguing that “more generally, our whole country must adapt to climate change”.

She thus specified that the accompaniment of the French in the ecological transition would be ” The roadmap “ of Mme de Montchalin, the new Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, as well as that of her entire government.

Faced with the risk of drought and other growing climatic hazards, which threaten harvests, the Prime Minister specified the support mechanisms and announced that the reform of crop insurance, a new regime for covering climatic risks in agriculture, adopted definitively by Parliament in February, will be effective from 1is January 2023 – the target so far set.

During her visit to the farm specializing in cereals, strawberries and asparagus, the Prime Minister spoke at length with a young farmer who explained to her that “This year, the drought started early”. “We are taking measures to manage water resources and prevent the situation from becoming unmanageable this summer”explained Ms. Borne.

Instructions were given to the prefects “to preserve water resources as much as possible”with “messages to all French people to reduce their water consumption”and for the most difficult situations “drought decrees and therefore restrictions on non-priority uses”she added.

The head of government also recalled during her speech that 400 million euros will be allocated “to breeders who may have difficulties with animal feed due to the drought”as part of the exceptional aid plan put in place following the war in Ukraine and the soaring prices of these foods. “The window for setting up this aid will open on Monday”she clarified.

Elisabeth Borne also recalled the doubling of the envelope (from 20 to 40 million euros) for farmers wishing to invest in equipment to optimize water consumption, and the additional 100 million euros available to water agencies to help agricultural sectors adapt or create water reservoirs. “In addition, wherever it is justified, we will activate the agricultural disaster system for fodder this year”she added.

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