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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Ladies and gentlemen! It has already been said several times today: We are talking about a budget at a record level. If you factor in everything, an increase of 12 percent is considerable. Especially in these eventful times, which are demanding a lot from people, the economy and also those in charge of politics, I am very grateful to the Minister for presenting this record budget today, which we will then discuss in Parliament.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

Yes, our farmers currently have a lot of tasks; I’m just saying: fertilizer ordinance, insect protection and water protection. That is why it is important that we support our agriculture in completing these tasks, and that is why it is also important that we have decided this billion in the coalition committee, that we stand by the side of our farmers here.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

If I hear today that the farmers don’t want the money: Well, I don’t know how you are – that may have something to do with the fact that you are in the opposition and have nothing to say – but I get a lot of inquiries : How can I support the NIR sensor now? How can I make use of the manure programs now? – There is demand from agriculture, and we want to meet it, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

What our farmers need first and foremost is recognition: recognition for their work, which they also did during the Corona period. We never realized how fragile our system is. Agriculture mastered this time with flying colors.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

The work of farmers, agriculture, is relevant to the system.

It has also shown how important local production is. That is why it is of crucial importance to me that we use the budget to ensure that our small and medium-sized enterprises with their processing structures also have future prospects. Of course I’m also looking at Bavaria a little here. In Bavaria we have over 100,000 farms with an average of 30 hectares. For some in East Germany, that’s just the headland, but families live off it here. Every sixth job in Bavaria is related to the agriculture and forestry cluster. This shows that agriculture and forestry are the job engine in rural areas.

Ladies and gentlemen, the subject of animal welfare moves us all. The subject of animal welfare also requires answers. I am just saying what we have advised over the last few weeks and months: breeding sows, chicken rearing, cage rearing. We will also have to talk about cattle farming. That is why it is right and it is particularly important to me that we put the proposals of the so-called Borchert Commission into practice and lead this commission to success. I think this is a good approach to give our farmers a future perspective and especially for our small-scale farms.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

Ladies and gentlemen, the environmental budget has just been discussed. It was also about climate change. We – especially in agriculture – notice that we are feeling this climate change: the last few years have seen very little rainfall, the number of hot days is increasing, and the pests are increasing. That is why we have to support agriculture here too. I think it is very good that the budget is already considering financial resources so that we can meet the climate challenge here. Because one thing is certain: our agriculture is not the trigger for climate change, but our agriculture is the answer to climate change.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Dr. Franziska Brantner [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: What? – Renate Künast [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Is there something in between?)

In the last weeks and months, and actually always, there has been a lot of discussion about agriculture, and not always in a technical way. What I saw last week, especially from a public broadcaster, makes me angry: there are undifferentiated polemical headlines against our agriculture. I am thinking of the Facebook post of a so-called science program on a public broadcaster last week. There, with a view to the loss of biodiversity, three sectors are listed under which – literally – “nature suffers the most”. This is agriculture, this is fishing, and this is forestry. We must not let such slurs get away. We have to stand by our farmers.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Agriculture in particular is doing a great deal with its environmental programs to preserve biodiversity. It takes up a lot here. Forestry ensures – this has already been mentioned – that forests are climate-stable. We are on the right track; we have to continue there. But we must not allow such defamations – especially from public television broadcasters – to pass.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

In my opinion, one aspect was neglected during the Corona period. We all noticed: Corona time, lockdown,

(Renate Künast [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: There was no lockdown! That thing was called “Shutdown”! That is something completely different!)

has led to coronavirus in one or the other. That is why it is important for me that we discuss the topics of “nutrition”, “exercise”, “sporting activity” and above all “labeling of food” again.

I look forward to the budget consultations. I wish us all good deliberations on the agricultural budget for 2021.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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