Plant protection products, energy policies or restrictions in potato cultivation – in addition to the successes of the Group, there were also numerous challenges which the representatives of the Emsland Group were able to report about during the visit of the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner on Monday evening.
On behalf of the Emsland Group, the three Managing Directors Gerrit-Jan Wesselink (CEO and Spokesman of the Management), Christian Kemper (CSO) and Stefan Hannemann (COO) welcomed the guests: In addition to the Federal Minister, Albert Stegemann, a CDU member of the Bundestag from Ringe, Emlichheim's municipality mayoral candidate Ansgar Duling, the Managing Director of Raiffeisen Ems-Vechte Laar Albert Weersmann, and district farmer Rudolf Aalderink were also present.
The representatives of the Emsland Group also told the Federal Minister how difficult it is for farmers to competitively operate using their current business model. The Federal Minister was also told that the farmers were not solicitors and that the same conditions should apply at the European and international level to all buyers of the products.
Unfortunately, the problem of equal treatment at the European level still involves the decoupling from starch potatoes subsidies. In some countries, for example, this decoupling has been nullified by the fact that new couplings have expanded cultivated areas and production there can be done under significantly better conditions. It is also important to the Emsland Group in this case that the same conditions apply to everyone within the EU. According to Albert Stegemann, the main problem lies in the differentiated funding infrastructure at European level.
Ms. Klöckner stated that efforts were being made to find a sensible balance between the demands on farmers on the one hand and subsidies on the other. At the European level, however, the decisions have already been made for the next few years, whereby one can only check to see if the rules are respected by other countries, and if not, file strongly worded complaints.
Ms. Klöckner, who had already heard a lot about the company, was also interested in the questions about the disposal of the soil. According to Mr. Wesselink, the high requirements associated with the disposal of the soil that accumulates with the delivered potatoes are partly incomprehensible.
During the discussion, the Federal Minister praised the existing know-how and appreciated the company's commitment to the county. She also argued that the company wants and needs to remain competitive in the future.
The Emsland Group thanked the guests for their visit!