Presented a series of measures to support the French olive sector

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After being this harvest described by the French Ministry of Agriculture as “catastrophic” -production has fallen more than 60% in this country- Stéphane Le Foll, responsible for the portfolio, presented a series of measures to support the French olive sector in the current campaign. These include exemptions from social contributions or funding actions.

The Ministry believes that the industry is facing in this campaign the most serious crisis of recent years as a result of the attacks of the olive fly, along with particularly unfavorable weather conditions.

In view of this situation, the Government has decided to carry out a series of measures to offset its impact on the olive sector in the short term and in the medium term, to prevent this happening again in the future.

The package of measures includes actions in the economic sphere and also in health. Thus, Le Foll announced that in addition to the exemptions from social security contributions for producers, the State may take interest loans and cash advance loans.

The Minister also requested the postponement of payment of the contribution by farmers and processors and has alerted the Ministry of Labour to processed “as soon as possible” requests for authorization of “partial activity” to the losses generated in this crop.

Regarding the health field, professionals can choose the National Agricole de Mutualisation Sanitaire et Environnementale (FMSE) if they have collective voluntary programs that include prevention and surveillance against olive fly.

With this initiative, the Ministry seeks to promote coordinated actions taken by all producers for a greater dissemination of methods to combat the olive fly and biological control tools that help its prevention.

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