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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Ladies and gentlemen! Dear colleagues! Ms. Künast, allow me to comment on your assessment of how we are represented here: you are sitting with six people in your group.

(Dr. Franziska Brantner [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: We are no longer allowed to!)

When I look into our ranks, I can say: I see a lot more vigor there, a lot more people. So you should hold back a little.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

You are presenting yourself as a reformer in agriculture, but you cannot even encourage your colleagues to come to Parliament; that’s sad.

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Julia Klöckner most sincerely for this draft budget, and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the Ministry. Drafting such a budget is a huge amount of work. Thank you very much for that!

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

But I also want to express my sincere thanks to our rapporteur Christian Haase. He will make sure that the whole thing is really a well-rounded package. We as budget legislators will of course then pass it sensibly. Thank you very much for that.

(Applause from MPs of the CDU / CSU – acclamation from MP Oliver Krischer [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])

We advise this budget in times of crisis due to the corona pandemic. We have all seen that this lockdown has done something to our country, including our economy. The food and agriculture sectors were particularly affected. We have seen border closings also disrupted supply chains. We saw that we had big problems getting seasonal workers on the farms. We also saw that restaurants had to close, and that sometimes weekly markets couldn’t open at all. Those were really big challenges, but I think we did an excellent job considering the size of the challenges.

That is why I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Federal Government once again, again by name Julia Klöckner. I think we got things off to a good start. But I also want to thank the other ministries. We also worked very well with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of the Interior. I think the thanks are in order.

(Gabriele Katzmarek [SPD]: Ministry of Finance!)

I believe that here today we are laying the foundations for economic recovery. We have to acknowledge that the labor market has really been hit very seriously, that households have also been hit hard over the next few years. That is why it is right that we are now really moving forward with impetus, that we can get things under control again, and of course also in the field of agriculture. Agriculture is a very important area of ​​the overall economy. In agriculture, strong animal husbandry is extremely important to us, and it is also economically very relevant. That is why I would like to explain this a little more.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Many pet owners actually have another year of crisis ahead of their breasts. Some animal keepers are in a permanent crisis, for example – this has already been mentioned a few times – our pig keepers. In the fattening area, we received over 2 euros for 1 kilogram of slaughter weight in the spring. There we are now at 1.27 euros, for piglets we are at 27 euros. All of this is very catastrophic and the industry has been hit hard.

I believe that, in terms of disease control management, we can perhaps do a little better in the countries. But with what we have provided from the federal government, we have presented really well and put the right instruments in motion. I believe that we are on the right track.

Perhaps another request for support with the regionalization principle: The regionalization principle is recognized in Europe, but we have to ensure that third countries also recognize that Germany is a large country. It is not possible for the whole of Germany to be excluded from trade because of some regional findings. In this regard, we support the ministry in order to finally find a sensible solution in the talks, especially with China.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

I believe that beyond these things we need to talk about further financial aid for pig farmers. We absolutely have to prevent one thing: We have to prevent pig farming from breaking away in Germany. We must definitely not allow that to happen. In the end, it’s not just about money, it’s not just about value creation; it is really about a piece of rural identity.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

For this we need the support of the House. We hereby get that off the ground.

At this point, I also take the slaughter and processing plants to account, but also the trade. At the moment we must do everything we can to ensure that the trade and the slaughtering industry do not now also use African swine fever to push the pig price down even further. So we should support the pig farmers.

I was just in the permanent crisis; we see that the farm animal keepers have many open construction sites. It’s also about social recognition. I think we all know that farmers don’t get the social appreciation they deserve. But there are always new regulatory requirements. I want to use the Federal Council resolution on the animal welfare and livestock husbandry ordinance as an example. Of course this decision was necessary, but now the farmers are left a little bit alone. That is why we want to support them financially in this area too.

We have to work to continue to have sensible pig husbandry in Germany; Because one thing is clear: relocating production abroad really doesn’t help anyone.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

If we want to keep our influence on the production methods in the field of animal husbandry, then we have to design change processes in agriculture so that the farmers can keep up. I believe that we have the right instruments in place to do this. As mentioned, there are 200 million euros in the budget for this. In total, we are bringing 300 million euros on the way. I think that’s more than lip service; this is a signal that we stand behind our sow owners, that we support them.

Many people want a lot more animal welfare. I think that’s clear too. At this point I want to emphasize once again the particular responsibility of consumers. In surveys, three quarters of all consumers say: “Yes, I would be willing to spend more money on more animal welfare”, but the well-known study by the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences shows that only 16 percent are actually willing to spend more money on more animal welfare. We really have a consumer paradox here. I do not want to hold consumers accountable alone. Politicians have a responsibility, farmers have a responsibility, the food industry has a responsibility, trade has a responsibility, but so does the consumer. I think the consumer understands more and more that he has this responsibility.

I am therefore all the more pleased that, in addition to this voluntary approach, which is actually the better one, as a coalition we have now clearly committed to the recommendations of the Borchert Commission. We must press ahead with the implementation of these recommendations; we must implement the recommendations of the Borchert Commission in their entirety. Suggestions are made. I look forward to the feasibility study from the BMEL. If the feasibility study is here, let’s not waste any time, Minister. Let’s go to work vitally. As vital as the Union is sitting here today, we will get it implemented quickly.

(Shout from the FDP)

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the 4.6 million people in Germany who work every day to ensure that we get sensible, high-quality products on the table.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

You have just proven in the corona pandemic: Yes, we won’t leave you alone!

With this setting of priorities, with this boost, with this budget for 2021, we want to continue to support agriculture. We do that with this.

Now I thank you for listening.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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