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Parliamentary questions
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1 April 2020
E-002022/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tonino Picula
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on family farms

The COVID­19 pandemic and the coming economic crisis will have serious consequences for the agricultural industry, especially small farmers. There are over 160 000 family farms registered in Croatia, and they account for a significant proportion of agricultural activity.

Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, many family farms are suffering significant losses due to their inability to sell their products. The closure of markets means that market supplies have been interrupted to a significant extent, while an uncertain future and a global economic crisis lie ahead. This is especially worrying for small producers, whose livelihoods are now at risk.

1. Is the Commission planning specific measures to protect family farms and to help farmers?

2. How does the Commission plan to mitigate the effects of the crisis and give additional support to European agriculture, which is already under a lot of pressure due to imports from third countries that often cost less and are of lower quality?

Original language of question: HR
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