Descend to the wreck of the Villa de Pitanxo
Although it is the responsibility of the Merchant Navy, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries spoke of the struggle of the relatives of those who died in the sinking of the Villa de Pitanxo – which occurred on February 15 off the coast of Canada — to bring it down on the wreckage, a measure that the Government submits at the request of the court or the technical commission investigating the accident. “No decision has been made in this regard,” he pointed out and later recalled that it did not even take 48 hours to dress the families. He recalled that this is a matter for the General Directorate of Merchant Marine, but that it will be lowered “if there is something to clarify”. This is of course not “an easy task”, but he stressed the government’s willingness to work with families and said the issue should not be “controversial” by anyone.
The import of cereals
Beyond fisheries issues, the Minister also spoke about issues affecting the countryside, a sector engulfed by the wave of inflation affecting all of Europe. Although he stressed that Spain has the guarantee of corn and the grated necessary to supply feed producers, acknowledged that these grains are quoted at higher prices. And about the project in which Spain is involved to bring grain from Ukraine overland, he admitted that “it is complicated and expensive”. This is why I have confidence in the supply of the 15 million tonnes of cereals (in particular maize) that the country must import to cover its needs for the shipments currently arriving from Canada and of United States.
A few minutes before seeing the work done by the Lugo Plant Health LaboratoryLuis Planas also spoke of the importance of diverting investments from agri-food LOSS to plant and animal health so that Spain continues to maintain the high safety standards that characterize it in these areas: “We Spaniards are very rigorous, it is very interesting the work he is doing and will be expanded in the years to come.
During the demonstration organized yesterday by members of the agricultural sector in Ourense to demand prices covering production costs, Planas again referred to the complicated global economic context that all of Europe is experiencing, with an inflation rate of around 10%, a percentage which, as he said, is “at an average level compared to other EU countries”. The Minister said that the Spanish and Galician agri-food sector has reached an absolute record of agricultural production and export, “but we also have problems derived from the general economic situation, from the increase in fuels, fertilizers or materials raw materials related to animal feed”. And he again referred to the Food Chain Act and the specific measures in response to a sector that “deserves it because it is absolutely necessary”.
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