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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

EU Commissioner for Agriculture stresses need to 'bolster production'

The European Union should resist the temptation to cut support for its common agricultural policy and instead give farmers the right tools to increase food production in Europe, EU Farm Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel stated. "I'm looking to be able to maintain production of food in Europe", said Fischer Boel, asked about her priorities for the future CAP. She did not say Europe should be able to feed its own people, but stressed the importance of having a strong agricultural sector amid increasing global competition. A situation in which Europe is dependent on food imports from countries with unstable governments would be "a nightmare", she said. While the EU is the world's biggest exporter of agricultural products, it is also its biggest importer, the commissioner said. But "we and the sector have been very clever to add value to production", she stressed, saying “we are mostly importing raw materials-putting maybe soybeans through the pigs - but then exporting high quality products worldwide”

Source: Euractiv