Conseil Européen des Jeunes Agriculteurs (CEJA) has called on the European Commission and national governments to put in place additional measures to help young farmers with losses caused by drought. It said that additional financial packages should be made available and follow-ups carried out to verify if Member States are providing these options to their farmers.

President of European young farmers organisation, CEJA, Jannes Maes grew up on a Flemish farm.
“This year has, once again, shown us the need for strong, well-funded risk management tools in our agricultural policy.

"This should be combined with further efforts to combat climate change which is likely to create more extreme weather in future.

"For that same reason, young farmers see potential in further innovations, such as new breeding techniques, to adapt their production,” said Jannes Maes CEJA president. He added that steps already taken by the Commission, such as greening derogation and advanced direct payments are welcome.

Few options

Young farmers are particularly vulnerable to the damages caused by extreme weather conditions because they are just starting out and have few options to fall back on, according to CEJA.

The organisation makes the case that recent weather extremes show that a broader range of tools that allows farmers to deal with drought must be implemented in the CAP.

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