Actualidad nacional e internacionalMay. 20, 2020
Alemania: Medidas de ayuda al sector agrícola y de alimentos para enfrentar COVID-19 (en inglés)
Germany declared the agricultural and food industry a systemically important sector. This report provides an overview on the support measures adopted to keep the sector functioning as well as on the financial aids available.
COVID-19 related lock-down and physical distancing measures heavily impacted the German agricultural and food sector. With closure of schools and the majority of shops and services, and many people working in a home-office setting much of the demand for food and agricultural products shifted from restaurant and food service sector to food retail and/or was significantly reduced. This has created severe economic problems for those agricultural and related businesses that cater to the hotel, restaurant, and institutional sector. In addition, farmers that heavily rely on seasonal workers faced difficulties in planting and/or harvesting of their products.
On May 4, the European Commission published several measures to support the EU food and agricultural sectors. Germany has adopted a number of additional measures that basically fall into two groups:
1) securing liquidity and
2) securing the workforce.
Source; USDA/May 12, 2020