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Parliamentary questions
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22 May 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
João Ferreira (GUE/NGL)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Protecting indigenous breeds

In extensive livestock production, alien breeds are becoming more important than indigenous breeds as their levels of productivity are greater. The meagre support provided by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to support indigenous breeds does not compensate for the differences in productivity.

The tendency to use alien breeds is affecting biodiversity and is slowly eroding the genetic base on which cattle breeding and farming has its roots and on which human food depends. As a result, it is harmful to, and dangerous for, ecology and food safety, and more needs to be done to prevent it. More support is needed to promote the breeding and production of indigenous species.

The outbreak of COVID-19 was particularly damaging for producers and resulted in the closure of distribution channels such as fairs, markets and events, as well as the HoReCa channel.

In view of this:

1. What is the Commission’s assessment of the measures in place to protect indigenous breeds?

2. Is the Commission prepared to strengthen protection mechanisms for indigenous breeds in a future CAP reform? What specific measures are planned?

3. Are indigenous breeds going to receive extraordinary support because of the COVID-19 outbreak?

Original language of question: PT
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