Among those worst hit by the current agricultural crisis as a result of the Russian ban on EU agricultural products are farmers and producers in island and peripheral situations, said Alfred Sant.
Dr. Alfred Sant, Head of the Maltese Labour Delegation at the European Parliament, said that the current agricultural crisis is not affecting only producers who supplied vegetable, pigmeat and dairy products to Russia. It is also affecting adversely other producers who are finding that sales on their home markets are being undercut by produce diverted from Russian destinations.
“The compensatory measures to rectify this situation need to be strengthened and broadly disseminated,” he told the European Parliament during a debate on the ongoing crisis in the agricultural sector.
Dr. Sant said that not enough is being done to compensate for the deleterious effects of the crisis in a number of agricultural sectors. “This time the problem has been triggered by the prohibitions set by Russia on EU agricultural imports as retaliation for the sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia.”
!It is now clear that EU sanctions were imposed without enough thought being given to the retaliatory consequences that would follow.”
There has been over-reliance by EU decision makers on growth in export markets outside Russia and inside the EU to compensate for losses in Russian markets; on remedial half measures adopted to overcome the arising problems; and on the belief that any losses sustained would be reversible. “These assumptions especially the last one, have been too optimistic,” reiterated Dr. Sant.
File photograph of a visit by Dr Sant to a dairy farm in Kercem Gozo