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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Dear Colleagues! Our farmers in Germany were tested very hard even before the corona pandemic began. Sharp judgments, harsh tones and open hostility are unfortunately part of everyday life for almost every animal keeper and business owner. Unfortunately, the understanding of her daily work has suffered further setbacks since then. At the beginning of my remarks, I would therefore like to express to our farmers the often refused recognition which they urgently need and deserve and which – let me please add – this House is seldom conveyed convincingly by all the groups represented here.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – acclamation from Dr. Kirsten Tackmann [DIE LINKE])

We should do away with the misjudgment. Agriculture is more than just smelly manure and more than noisy, dust-producing tractors. I would therefore like to say thank you to all those in agriculture and animal husbandry who, despite this massive resistance, despite persistent drought in some cases, despite constantly rising land prices and other adversities, are safeguarding our food bases, even in times of a pandemic. We should all recognize this achievement without prejudice.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

It is clear to me: Only a minimum of respect can be the basis for all further discussions.

Dear colleagues, today there are several things to be discussed: the Direct Payments Implementation Act, the amendment of agricultural market regulations, which in particular include the implementation of European law, but also an application from the FDP parliamentary group from January, which, in my opinion, has actually already been discussed today by the would have been dispensable for a long time.

With regard to the Direct Payments Implementation Act and the reallocation of funds from the first to the second pillar, Mr Färber has already made the most important points and weighed up the advantages and disadvantages. It is now up to the federal states to set the right priorities when implementing the funding programs.

Yes, as a Member of Parliament from Saxony-Anhalt, I can tell you, dear Artur, that our headlands are certainly a little more spacious than in southern Germany. It is therefore right that the federal states can also set different funding priorities for implementation.

Yes, I don’t understand why an ultra-modern slaughterhouse works in my hometown Weißenfels, but since the fall of the Berlin Wall, animal husbandry there has been dwindling more and more. I can only call out to those who are responsible for the responsible department in Saxony-Anhalt: Set other funding priorities! Our bill makes it possible.

(Shouting from Steffi Lemke [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])

Let me also make a few comments on the FDP’s proposal. I totally agree with you

(Applause from the FDP and MPs from the AfD)

that farmers are self-determined and economically responsible entrepreneurs and will remain so in the future.

(Dr. Kirsten Tackmann [DIE LINKE]: That was clapping too early!)

I agree with that, and we have to do everything to achieve this, and that is also our mission statement.

I continue to share your conviction, which is absolutely correct, that reliable and long-term framework conditions are necessary to align the companies. There are no differences at all in the approach. But your adventurous accusation that we would deliberately refuse to enter into any serious dialogue, I cannot let that stand in the air for myself, but certainly also for my colleagues in the grand coalition.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

This claim, dear friends, is simply wrong. It is also easy to refute. When farmers in numerous cities, especially here in Berlin, expressed their displeasure almost a year ago, it was Minister Klöckner out there in front of the Brandenburg Gate who patiently approached the 40,000 for a dialogue. Refusal, dear colleague, looks different. Even critics have had recognition for this.

Vice President Thomas Oppermann:

Would you allow my colleague Hocker to make an interim remark?

Dieter Stier (CDU / CSU):

But of course I allow my colleague Hocker to do so.

Dr. Gero Clemens stool (FDP):

Thank you very much, dear colleague, for allowing me to ask this question. – You have just stated that there is a dialogue between the federal government and farmers. Would you agree with me that at the beginning of this dialogue, to which more than 40 groups and organizations were invited, drafts of speakers were already circulating about what future fertilizer ordinances and other relevant regulations for agriculture should look like? And do you really want to stick to your statement that it is a dialogue at eye level when the results have actually already been determined at the beginning of this dialogue?

Dieter Stier (CDU / CSU):

Dear colleague Hocker, thank you very much for the question. I’ll answer that very briefly: We are constantly circulating drafts because we are constantly working and therefore constantly developing ideas. We will discuss this with the groups in good time; and that’s what we did at that time.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Dr. Kirsten Tackmann [DIE LINKE]: That is mostly the point of drafts, that one talks about them! – Shout of the delegate Renate Künast [ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS])

What, ladies and gentlemen – that brings me back to the FDP proposal – distinguishes us from your proposal? The minister does not promise anything that arouses false hopes, but simply says what is possible.

(Hermann Färber [CDU / CSU]: Exactly!)

This is where the big differences between you and us in terms of approach also come to light. Your application presents fake solutions for which of course you do not have to answer. We’re not getting anywhere like that.

By the way – one last sentence – the dialogue at eye level that you have been denying us has long since taken place.

(Dr. Gero Clemens Hocker [FDP]: Nobody notices that!)

The Federal Chancellor – I have just seen Mr Hoppenstedt here; He can tell her that – in November last year, at the specially organized agricultural summit, he personally exchanged views with farmers and representatives of industry associations, because we recognize that the situation in the green industry is not easy. So, as you can see, ladies and gentlemen, the dialogue you requested has long taken place. It takes place every day. It will continue to take place in a factually oriented manner

(Shouting from the delegate Renate Künast [ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS])

and it will be continued continuously. Your application will unfortunately not help us with this.

Many Thanks.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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