The International Agricultural Show1 opens from 25th February to 4th March. With the upcoming presidential elections, this year more than previous years, the 49th edition of the show will be a major political event for the world of agriculture.
Indeed, the show will be an opportunity for presidential candidates to develop their vision for the future of French agriculture and propose solutions to the critical challenges it faces: Price volatility, the financialisation of markets, CAP reform...
The show’s political character is even stronger given that employment is the main theme for the 2012 edition. Admittedly the number of farmers has steadily declined during the 20th century, from over 6 million in 1950 to less than 1 million today, but we must not forget that agriculture generates many jobs in industry and the services. According to estimations the agriculture and food industries generate nearly 3 million indirect jobs (administration, services, equipment, wholesale trade, tourism, ...).
So, while unemployment rates continue to increase to around 10%, agriculture remains, as Bruno Le Maire of the Ministry of Agriculture stated, “a solution to rising unemployment”: a fundamental aspect as the issue of employment will be decisive for the election.
As in previous years, momagri will be present at the Agricultural Show on the FNSEA stand - an opportunity for us to present the results of our latest work.
1 1 place de la Porte de Versailles - 75015 Paris. From 9 a.m to 7 p.m and until 11 p.m on Friday, March 2nd