Portuguese Agriculture Minister Maria do Céu Antunes has reiterated that the goal of completing the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) during the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the EU to “ensure a greener and more resilient agriculture”.
“The CAP reform is our priority. The CAP was presented by the Commission three years ago, and we want this reform to be concluded during the Portuguese presidency because we understand that we need these conditions to guarantee a greener and more resilient agriculture,” the minister told the working group on the Basic Law on Climate this week.
According to the minister, the negotiation of the CAP reform “has involved a series of discussions with a very demanding timetable”, but Portugal is “working towards its conclusion”.
“The new CAP will have greater environmental and climate ambition, through the inclusion of new interventions – the so-called green schemes – with specific financial envelopes for objectives related to the environment and climate,” she said, ensuring that “environmental concerns are expressed clearly and unequivocally in the objectives of the CAP strategic plan, also for Portugal.
Responsible for about 10% of Portugal’s greenhouse gas emissions, agriculture has an “important contribution” to achieve the environmental targets outlined at European and national level.
“We are directing public policy to stimulate short circuits and local markets, as a way to reduce our ecological footprint, promoting the consumption of fresh and seasonal food, stimulating small farming and family farming,” the minister said.
In parallel, it is intended to “strengthen the agro-energy transition to increase production from renewable sources, reducing the emissions of polluting gases and the costs for the farmer.”
“And that is why we recently opened financing instruments, for example, for investments in photovoltaic energy, the renewal of tractors or the coverage of orchards with hail protection nets,” she said.
[Edited by Josie Le Blond]