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Seven recommendations will be implemented to support farmers affected by the hailstorm and improve the resilience of our agriculture in the face of climate risks, with in particular € 40 million dedicated to the emergency fund.

Following the hail episodes that hit the area between May and June, a “flash” mission was commissioned by Marc FESNEAU, Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, to assess the damage and respond on a case-by-case basis to the farmers affected. and improve the resilience of our agriculture to climate risks.
After 3 weeks of discussions and visits to 14 departments, seven recommendations were issued. During a trip to the Allier, Marc FESNEAU, Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, announced that the government is implementing all these recommendations.
During the months of May and June 2022, several departments suffered particularly intense hailstorms, causing extensive damage to many farms. Various arrangements were then immediately opened: the reduction of the tax on undeveloped properties (TFNB) and the deferral of social security contributions. Furthermore, in the PLFR, currently being examined by Parliament, the extension of the loans guaranteed by the State (PGE) has been included until next December 31st.
Given the extent of the phenomenon and the damage, Marc FESNEAU, Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty launched a “flash” mission of the General Council for Food, Agriculture and Territory (CGAAER) on 22 June in order to to assess the damage and respond on a case-by-case basis to the farmers concerned.
As part of this mission, around thirty affected farms were visited and more than 300 actors were interviewed in 14 particularly affected departments.

It emerges from these field exchanges:

– very different situations depending on the departments and operations, but a phenomenon of rare violence;
– a wide variety of affected productions with losses up to 100%;
– farmers in difficulty, especially since the hailstorm may have followed other climatic risks and hit companies that are already financially fragile.

Concerning all these elements, seven directly operational recommendations have been issued.

They are being implemented or will be shortly:

– – the emergency departmental cells are activated, chaired by the prefects, in order to consolidate the assessment of the damage and identify the most delicate situations, particularly at a psychological level, with a view to supporting and using the existing tools at the local level;
– – all national actors are mobilized to support farmers in difficulty, in particular the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, banking and insurance networks, the Caisse centrale de la MSA, the Chambers of Agriculture and of Agricultural and Trade Cooperation;
– – the procedures foreseen in the event of recognition of force majeure or exceptional circumstances will be activated under the common agricultural policy (CAP) and the nitrates regulation;
– – The emergency fund established during the Freeze 2022 has been expanded and integrated for 40 million euros. This fund for the prefects is intended to give a prompt response to situations of great fragility within the limit of a ceiling of 5,000 euros per company which can be increased to the extent deemed necessary to help the companies most in difficulty, within the limit of the limit of minimis;
– – National solidarity with the departments concerned will be implemented to support the reconstruction of agricultural buildings, in particular by mobilizing the construction sector;
– – feedback will be made on the experience to ensure the effectiveness of hail protection systems, promote them and make them known to as many people as possible;
– – Initial and continuing training will be developed with farmers to develop the culture of risk management in agriculture.

“I know that this new episode of exceptional bad weather, after several years of various calamities (drought, frost), and the consequences of the war in Ukraine, has strongly affected the morale of our farmers who have the impression that things are not going well. , it will never stop. These seven recommendations, resulting from a field analysis, provide immediate and concrete answers both to support farmers affected by spring hailstorms and to improve the resilience of our agriculture “. Marc Fesneau said.

“Thanks to the mobilization of all the actors involved, at local, regional or national level, all these recommendations will be implemented very quickly.
These recommendations complement government-initiated structuring projects such as the crop insurance reform or the France 2030 plan with € 2.8 billion to support and develop tomorrow’s solutions, in particular to better prepare us for climate risks. “

For more information and to view the report:
https://agriculture.gouv.fr/mission-flash-grele-lancee-par-marc-fesneau-les-conclusions

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