The controversy with the Minister of Consumption does not stop. The last to join the criticism for the frontal attack that Alberto Garzon has done against the Spanish cattle ranch has been his own companion of Government, the minister of Agriculture, Fishing and Feeding. Luis Planas he regretted that the communist made such “unfortunate” statements without first speaking to him, who is the one with powers in this field.
Planas has been forceful and very critical of Garzón: «We have not spoken in recent days. I am the Minister of FoodIf someone talks about food, it is normal for them to call me. When I have a topic that another Ministry touches, we usually call each other and say what is going to be mentioned and how. He also recalled that the livestock skills are his and regrets that there has not been “the prior communication that is always de rigueur.”
Alberto Garzón assured in an interview in The Guardian that the Spanish ‘macrogranjas’ exported poor quality meat from abused animalss. A few words that have raised such controversy that both the opposition, the meat associations, and even some socialist baron have asked for his immediate resignation. What’s more, the government itself has disavowed him and Planas now calls his statements “quite unfortunate”.
“This controversy is regrettable, because it calls into question the activity of farmers. How to me Minister of Agriculture all this noise annoys me, because I think that our farmers feel annoyed with being the focus of attention and with a questioning that they do not deserve at all, “said the Minister of Agriculture in an interview in Zero Wave.
Finally, Planas has defended the quality of meat in Spain and has lamented the confusion that exists between the intensive and extensive livestock As a result of Garzón’s words: «No one doubts the quality or safety of Spanish agri-food products. There is no conflict here, there is diversity, and Spain is a country that is an international agri-food and livestock power, we are the fourth largest exporter in the European Union and the fourth in the world and, therefore, we have a diversity of production that is absolutely normal”.
On the other hand, despite his voracious criticisms of Garzón, the Minister of Agriculture has defended that they have ‘Manipulated’ statements from the communist: «Make no mistake, this is an electoral campaign in Castilla y León, the PP has taken this issue as a flag and I regret it, because it says that it will defend the interests of the cattle ranchers and how they defend themselves is by working for them , with facts and realities ».
Planas has defended that the agri-food sector is one of the pillars of the Spanish economy and believes that putting «doubt on the product quality and safety Spanish agri-food products »only has a negative impact on the sector. “My concern is that with all this political controversy what we are creating is an aura of doubt about a sector that is working very well and has formidable challenges for the future,” he concluded.