The Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA) has called for greater commitment of public authorities with innovation, key to the future of the agricultural sector, during the visit of the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, to Sinyent, his farm of trials and agricultural experimentation. During the tour Hogan was accompanied, in addition to the dome of AVA-ASAJA, by the president of the European People’s Group, Manfred Weber, by the spokesman of the PP in the EU Parliament, Esteban González Pons, by the president of the PPCV, Isabel Bonig, and by a large group of popular MEPs.
Hogan, after visiting the Finca Sinyent, indicated that “what I have just seen is impressive, since in a center of these characteristics the farmers are together and can apply all the experimentation they carry out directly on their own farms. It is what we call a “win-win” in English, that is, everyone wins”.
The head of community agriculture had gone in the morning to a few days of the Bureau of the European PP -the main decision-making body of that party in the europarliament- which are held in Valencia. Specifically, Hogan participated in a work session dedicated to innovation in the agricultural sector in which the secretary general of AVA-ASAJA, Juan Salvador Torres, also spoke, stressing “the urgent need to bet on innovation because it is the tool that we farmers need to adapt to the changes of this global world and be able to face the new challenges with guarantees”. Torres said that the agricultural sector can not remain on the margins of the digital revolution and advances in advanced areas such as drones, robotics or biotechnology if it truly wants to be able to respond to the growing food demands of a world population that will be around the 10,000 million people in 2050.
For his part, and already during Hogan’s visit to Finca Sinyent, the president of AVA-ASAJA, Cristóbal Aguado, explained to the Commissioner of Agriculture that “the start-up of this field of experimentation reflects both our conviction of the importance that has the research for the future of the agricultural sector as our firm commitment to farmers. ” In this regard, Aguado added that he considers it essential that “the public authorities also be fully involved in lending their full support to innovation.”
The president of AVA-ASAJA has called for “a greater presence of Mediterranean agriculture and, above all, of its needs, in European policies because the situation of the markets in which our productions compete is not the same as thirty years ago and the current situation translates into serious problems of profitability for farmers”
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