Minister of Economy Daniels Pavluts and Minister of Agriculture Laimdota Straujuma met with representatives of Agricultural Organizations Cooperation Council (AOCC) at the Ministry of Economy on Thursday, May 24.
«There is a large number of consultative councils in the Ministry of Economy the participation and engagement of farmers in which so far has been relatively low. Therefore we aim to improve the creation of a tighter cooperation between the National Economy Council of the Ministry of Economy and the largest agricultural organizations, thereby improving communication between different industries and their representing businessmen. Farmers as well as other businessmen are interested in similar questions and are worried about similar problems and that is why we need to sit at one table during the discussions of these issues», – Pavluts notes.
During the meeting they discussed questions related to the supply of electric energy, creating new connections and increasing the overall power levels. Sadales tikls and Latvenergo managements informed farmers about the new program, which offers discounts on distribution tariffs, as long as investments are made and certain contractual obligations are met. In addition to that the discussion also covered the popular issue of biofuel industry, concluding in an agreement that further discussions about providing indirect support instruments in order to improve the consumption of biofuel in Latvia. Biofuel producers, raw material suppliers and consumers need to be involved in these discussions, because at least half of all opinions about the future of this industry and indirect instruments can vary significantly.
Also, the Minister of Economy informed the farmers about important developments on the renewable electrical energy production market, noting that the current support system proved to be short-lived: uncontrollable from the point of view of costs and often creating inappropriate motivations for the producers of green energy. This is why the Ministry of Economy developed a special informative announcement, which is due to be reviewed by the government, in order to create a new support mechanism: goal oriented, predictable in terms of long term costs, technologically neutral and less expensive.
«I, just as the Minister of Economy, am delighted to see farmers and economists sitting at one table. The cooperation of the non-government sector of agriculture and the system of the institutions of the Ministry of Agriculture is often mentioned as a good example, and there is also hope, ministries of other industries will soon meet and cooperate with our businessmen. Indeed, it is not always simple and convenient, but I hope, that this meeting will not be the last», – Minister of Agriculture Laimdota Straujuma says.
The Agricultural Organizations Cooperation Council is an association, which unites large scale non-state organizations of producers and processors covering the whole territory of Latvia and all industry sectors. The association unites 55 producer organizations, including seven multi-disciplinary organizations, 38 industry organizations and ten associated members.