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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Honored Parliament! I am not going into the African swine fever in this budget speech. We are in permanent parliamentary contact on this question.

Dear colleagues, the corona pandemic has influenced our lives and the work of all of us, including that of our farmers and the food industry. Their systemic relevance is therefore not just announced. As a rule, we take it for granted that we were and are supplied with food every day despite temporarily closed borders. But in the corona wedding we became particularly aware again: If our farmers stop plowing, we all have a problem.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

So it must be in the interests of all of us that farming families enjoy their job and that they do not primarily have to justify what they do. It must be in the interests of all of us that families working in agriculture earn a decent income from their work. And why? So that the younger generation also wants to take over farms.

It makes sense to produce food, namely to feed us. But food production does not go against consumer acceptance in the long run. Consumer and producer, they once looked together in one direction. Today the impression of opposition is spreading. On the one hand, there are high expectations of the other, of the farmers, namely for more animal welfare, even more climate and environmental protection, more sustainability, more biodiversity and affordable food. On the other hand, farmers are demanding that these high expectations be backed by appropriate consumer prices and compensation payments. Because which farmer, dear colleagues, should happily spend years on it and recommend it to his children?

I want consumers to trust their farmers. And I want farmers to be confident about developing their work. The answer to these demands is this future budget of the grand coalition. This budget is a very clear commitment to that.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from Linda Teuteberg [FDP])

We say yes to the rural areas, yes to strong, competitive farms, yes to an innovative food industry in Germany, yes to the largest reforestation program in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany and yes to the largest stable conversion program for more animal welfare. We are also putting this on the agenda of our EU Council Presidency.

Dear colleagues, I am once again presenting a record budget: for agriculture and the food industry, for rural areas, the forest, sustainability, animal welfare, consumer health protection, and fishing. 7.66 billion euros, this figure stands for a promise for the future.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Because what we expect more from agricultural production and what makes the work of our farmers more expensive, we have to compensate. Yes, dear colleagues, I want our farmers in Germany to continue.

Agriculture faces many conflicting goals, environmental and climate protection on the one hand, and crop security on the other. I want to put it more specifically: society wants fewer pesticides. But if the complete protection for the plant is lost, the harvest is endangered, but so are the resources.

(Dr. Gesine Lötzsch [DIE LINKE], addressing the CDU / CSU: This is your minister! You have to clap!)

Desire and reality are often very far apart: perfect fruit and vegetables in sufficient quantities at affordable prices, preferably produced without any pesticides and without fertilizers, the highest animal welfare standards, large stables and free-range, preferably at very low prices at the shop counter. But how will that work? The solution lies not only, but also in the right financing and not in either / or.

(Ralph Lenkert [DIE LINKE]: clap!)

As a ministry, we therefore rely on innovations that have proven themselves in practice. These are stables of the future that offer more animal welfare, modern machines, digital technologies that apply fertilizer more precisely, protect the soil, make work easier and at the same time save money. Translated into our draft budget, this means: The agriculture investment and future program is funded with 207 million euros in 2021. In total, that will be a whopping 816 million euros for our German agriculture over the next four years.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

In this way, we provide very specific support to farmers in order to store farm manure with lower emissions and to apply it in a more environmentally friendly way. We promote the development of devices to save pesticides and apply them more precisely. That’s what consumers want. Farmers want that too. The food industry wants that too, and so does trade, but the farmers have to implement it. That is why farmers in particular need our support more than anyone else in the chain.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

I say very clearly: Those who demand must also support so that implementation is possible. We demand more animal welfare; we promote the renovation of the stables. To do this, we are taking 300 million euros from the economic stimulus package. This has never happened before on this scale. This is what the grand coalition does

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

for better stables, for more animal welfare, for more social acceptance and more landscape planning. We are also setting up animal welfare competence centers with almost 40 million euros and developing the stables of the future. With a view to the soil, there is the arable farming strategy: With 24 million euros for research and funding of modern crop production, we are making arable farming fit for the future, adapted to climate change. It is about soil fertility, varied crop rotations, tailor-made fertilization. And farmers want to protect the very foundations of their work, and they do it through insect repellants. With the special framework plan for insect protection, we are making a whopping 85 million euros available; because as a grand coalition we say yes to insect protection and crop protection But we say no to pest protection and the destruction of resources.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

This is how environmental protection works, this is how species protection works, this is how harvest protection works: doing instead of complaining, helping instead of being left hanging. We are pioneers here. We are drivers of development for agriculture – with a sense of proportion. Not against, but with the farmers, not against, but with the consumers. This is exactly why we are investing in digitization, in digital research fields; because we want to make work easier and more precise, conserve resources and, in the end, also save money. That is good for development in rural areas.

But we do not forget the farmers in difficult situations, in the event of accidents, illness or old age. We are taking over 4 billion euros into our hands for agricultural social policy. In this way we strengthen the backs of those who set the table for us every day. This is in everyone’s interest.

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

Dear Members of Parliament, one more thought about the additional 30 million euros that cannot be found in the budget but are used for the agricultural health insurance. This additional 30 million euros come from the health fund. I agreed that with Health Minister Spahn and also agreed with the cabinet. The consequence of this is that the contributions remain stable, that they do not increase. These are signs of appreciation for agriculture.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Another appreciation that can hardly be better understood concerns our forest, a task of the century. Storms, drought, bark beetles – the forest is suffering like never before, and we are helping it more than ever before: 800 million euros together with the federal states and now another 700 million euros from the economic stimulus package to clear forests in order to reforest. Climate-resilient, site-adapted mixed forests are being planted. We are introducing a sustainability bonus for the first time in Germany. 1.5 billion euros for this forest. I can’t believe that the Greens, who talk a lot about the forest, even managed to do something like that.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD – Albert Stegemann [CDU / CSU]: Right! We deliver! – Countercall from Deputy Steffi Lemke [ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS]: It’s going to be a fun election campaign!)

Forests have something to do with quality of life, but so does the land. That is why we promote voluntary work in rural areas. We promote equal living conditions. We want town and country to work with each other rather than against each other.

I would like to close with a very important point that unites us all, food. The Nutri-Score comes in November. And I’ll tell you: This Nutri-Score will use this Nutri-Score more than anyone who is against it, who is talking about it now and saying it will never come. It will come and it will be widely used.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Dear Sir or Madam, I made a promise to you at the beginning of this legislature: The healthy choice will become easier. – We are very successful with our nutrition policy – not with bans; others are responsible for that. We have achieved that sugar, salts and fats are noticeably reduced in the finished products. We go the way. We don’t talk about it, we do. And at the end I will tell you very clearly: Because we change, we can preserve what is important to us.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Albert Stegemann [CDU / CSU]: Excellent!)


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