At the invitation of the federation Baueren-Allianz, Primeminister Xavier Bettel visited a family-run dairy farm in Erpeldange-sur-Sûre on the 4th October along with the Minister of Agriculture Romain Schneider and the President of the Agricultural Commission Tess Burton. According to the head of state, the agricultural sector "plays an important role in nutrution, but also in landscaping, environmental protection and the climate".
Also present were Aender Schanck, Chairman of the Oikopolis Group and Volker Manz, Managing Director of the dairy company Biog-Molkerei, to represent the cooperative Bio-Bauere-Genossenschaft Lëtzebuerg (Biog). According to the motto "fair a kooperativ mat de Bio-Baueren", the cooperative has been supporting Luxembourg's organic farmers for over 30 years in marketing their products, that, because of the chosen cultivation method, have been created in respect for nature and humans. Quality and solidarity have always played an overriding role.
There is no lack of challenges. The pandemic pointed out how systemically relevant this economic sector is for a small country like Luxembourg, and the climate crisis has long been knocking at the door in Europe as well - with noticeable consequences for agriculture and food production. The government's goal is to move local agriculture towards sustainable and fair farming methods, as well as to promote regional products with short transport distances. In the time of economic recovery, a practical reform of the law is to be realised in a joint dialogue, which should ensure the continued existence of the Luxembourg agricultural sector.
We would like to thank the Baueren-Allianz for the invitation to this event and the opportunity to represent the organic sector.