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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Dear Minister! Ladies and gentlemen! This is not a household like any other. This will not be a fiscal year like any other. Looking ahead to the next few years and the structural underfunding of the overall budget, we are facing a real turning point. In order to comply with the debt brake, we will have to prioritize more. Corona is not the trigger, but it has significantly exacerbated the problem. So far from the bracket.

Ladies and gentlemen, the corona crisis taught us a lot. An important finding: Agriculture is just as important to the system as the food industry. Farmers make our food. What is not sown or planted today cannot be harvested tomorrow. That is why, for example, emergency aid was important. Measures that we have included in the supplements are now also reflected in the 2021 budget. Yes, we are reaching a mark of 7.8 billion euros for the first time. The bottom line is that this is a strong and important signal for agriculture. We must not only see Section 10 here; we have to look at the EKF, we have to look at section 60.

However, from the point of view of a housekeeper, it is not about growing up, sometimes a little here, sometimes a little there. Actually, I see a budget in front of me that is prioritizing like never before and in which there are sometimes significant savings. Only three of the seven subordinate institutes, for example, show growth at all; the rest is saved. Mr. Gottberg, if you look at the BLE or the BfR, where you criticize strong growths – there are organizational investigations there, there are personnel assessments – then you will find that your allegations vanish once again into thin air.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

Ladies and gentlemen, a solid draft budget has been presented to us. We meet the issues and challenges of the time. Agriculture, forestry and the food industry are in a time of structural change. I am not only aiming at climatic changes and their consequences. What is socially expected of agriculture and forestry is also enormous. It is no longer enough to produce food and to earn a living for yourself and your family. No, agriculture and forestry should protect the environment and the climate, agriculture and forestry should keep an eye on biodiversity, agriculture and forestry should adapt to constantly changing social nutritional needs, and if animals are still kept at all, then please with an associated wellness area.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Ladies and gentlemen, even if I am exaggerating, there is also a spark of truth in every sarcastic remark. In my conversations with local farmers, I realize that we’re at the limit when it comes to these things. It’s not even the requirements that the local farmers master. Much of this is being done willingly. Ms colleague, if you are talking about brakes on alternative plant protection, for example, then you should not look at the BMEL, but at the UBA. The latter worries the farmers, not the BMEL.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Ladies and gentlemen, our farmers practice their profession with a passion for cattle and fields. That is why the image of evil and profit-oriented agriculture hurts, which is conveyed far too often, Ms. Künast. It is simply not true, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

I want to live in a country where our farmers and foresters can operate without having to constantly rely on emergency programs. I want to live in a country where you don’t drive a wedge between organic and conventional agriculture. And I want to live in a country where farmers are shown respect and appreciation.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Renate Künast [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Then do that!)

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to come back to the numbers. The present draft budget addresses many of these issues that concern us and gives them adequate resources. The joint task of “improving the agricultural structure and coastal protection” together with the funds of the federal states can bring 1.9 billion euros off the ground next year. The digitization of agriculture is being advanced with 63 million euros. 14 experimental fields are at the start. The agriculture of the future will be tested there. The feasibility study on the agricultural master platform that we have requested by Parliament will be presented in November. We will be able to answer questions such as: Who actually owns the data that is created in the field, and who is then allowed to access it? These are important questions that must be asked at the beginning of such a process.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am also glad that before the summer break we received the results of the Borchert Commission positively without a vote against – Ms. Künast, even without you voted against. As the Minister rightly put it, we need a generation contract at this point. Before the end of this legislative period, the ministry will present a strategy for implementation and thus also for financing.

Nevertheless, we have to take action beforehand. We provide more than 200 million euros for animal welfare and barn conversions. The money – this has already been pointed out by previous speakers – can only be spent if the blockades in building and emission law are finally given up and if no ideology is promoted here.

I come back to other great challenges; I mean the forest. The federal and state governments provide 1.5 billion euros for private and municipal forests. Drought, storms and pest infestation have caused massive damage to forests in Germany. The years of drought have meant that we will have to completely reforest 245,000 hectares over the next few years. A total of 11 million hectares in Germany have to be adapted to climate change. That is why the money we hire for it sends out an important signal for commercial forestry.

But it cannot be that so much time will pass before the funds arrive on site. PLANAK decided to do this in autumn. To date, not all countries have implemented these guidelines. It is therefore not down to the BMEL, but to the slow ministries in the federal states.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

That can and must get better. That is why I am glad that the ministry is launching a forest premium. Here too – I’m looking in the direction of the BMF – I expect that the hesitant attitude in the BMF will be abandoned and that the premium will finally come to the forest. We have to resolve blockages.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

One last challenge is no longer at the door; it is practically in the living room: the African swine fever. The ministry, the FLI and the federal states have responded well to this so far. The spread is at the beginning. We don’t know how it will develop; we have to watch it. We don’t know what that can mean for the budget at this point. At least I am ready to reallocate funds if we improvise here and still have to spend money. But we’ll see that over the next two months.

Finally, I want to thank the Minister and the Ministry for the preparatory work. I think we will have some more budget discussions. It is not passed as it was introduced. That is our right; We will take advantage of that too. I am now looking forward to the deliberations.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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