Kaspars Gerhards: every farmer must take part in the development of the future CAP plan

Minister of Agriculture Kaspars Gerhards, during a meeting with Mārtiņš Cimermanis, Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre (LRATC), discussed the organization of this year’s regional conferences. 

The minister emphasized: “Last year’s five regional conferences provided valuable information to the ministry on the views and position of Latvian farmers in relation to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and provided an opportunity for every farmer to be part of the development of the future CAP plan. The ministry, in cooperation with the LRATC, should continue to implement this approach in 2020, informing Latvian farmers and stakeholders about the information collected and the development of the future CAP plan. It is equally important that regional conferences allow farmers from all regions of Latvia to attend seminars closer to their farm.” 

During the new cycle of regional conferences this spring, it is planned to provide information on the results to be achieved of the Rural Development Plan 2021-2027, and Minister Kaspars Gerhards has set the topic “What will we leave for future generations in Latvian countryside?” as the key message for this project. 

In order to find new support mechanisms for the promotion of rural entrepreneurship, the Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre has been tasked with activating cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, as well as with the Ministry of Economics. The advisory system for rural entrepreneurs should be strengthened, thus promoting the creation of new jobs in the regions of Latvia. Minister Kaspars Gerhards believes that availability of jobs is one of the decisive factors in the population of the area. 

Source of information: Ministry of Agriculture