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Emmanuel Macron arrived Tuesday morning at a farm in Côte d’Or to discuss the problems of the agricultural world, in the absence of the agricultural show canceled this year by the Covid-19 crisis

The Head of State used to spend an entire day – 12 hours last year – at the largest trade fair in France to meet players from the different sectors of agriculture and food

“This year, the show is at home”, smiled Alexandre Estivalet, one of the four managers of the Etaules farm, a village about fifteen km north of Dijon, welcoming the president , accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture Julien Denormandie

After a visit to this family farm in mixed farming (oilseeds, vegetables, pigs, sheep, horses), who works in particular in short circuits, Emmanuel Macron was to meet with a dozen farmers, processors and distributors “committed to a better distribution of value between the different links of the agro-food chain”, according to the presidency

This debate is moderated by Serge Papin, the former boss of Système U commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture to work on “the distribution of value” in this sector

This discussion is taking place a few days before the end, on March 1, of the annual trade negotiations which determine the prices of products sold in supermarkets (excluding private labels) and the remuneration of all links in the food chain.

“The situation for farmers is difficult It’s very complicated to make ends meet “, testified Alexandre Estivalet, 33,” even if (our) farm is working well by having diversified ” “We work more than 60 hours a week, with little family life, but if, in the end, we have no salary, it is not possible”

He explained that he would tell Emmanuel Macron that the farmers were “ready to make a lot of efforts for the ecological transition” if the state “supports them and does not add even more restrictive rules”

This visit takes place against a backdrop of controversy over the decision of the ecologist town hall of Lyon to provide unique menus without meat in canteens, described as “shame” by Julien Denormandie on Tuesday on RTL

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Source: https://www.france24.com/fr/info-en-continu/20210223-macron-visite-une-ferme-%C3%A0-d%C3%A9faut-du-salon-de-l-agriculture