As the Directorate-General for agri-environmental policies of Castilla-La Mancha has reported, it has given a respite to organic farmers, who will be able to communicate their situation in order to be able to use conventional food because of the problems of grazing due to the drought and in the same line as approved in Andalusia.
Following the demand from the Union of small farmers and ranchers of Castilla-La Mancha (UPA CLM) to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development that organic farmers could have access to conventional food due to adverse weather conditions and lack of access to food, the farmers concerned will be able to do so as long as the weather conditions remain adverse and justify this.
The Union of small farmers and ranchers of Castilla-La Mancha asked the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development for the possibility that organic cattle ranchers could feed the cattle with conventional food because there was not enough pasture due to drought and adverse weather conditions. This situation had led to farmers not having access to food as laid down in the ecological regulations.
As a rule, this would be a temporary measure that would provide a temporary relief and respite for farmers and producers who have opted for this type of farm. And now, thanks to the request of the UPA, the council, within its powers and the regulations in force, allows this possibility. If farmers have any doubts, they only have to request information from the UPA offices in the region.
The Agricultural Organization explained that one of the disadvantages of high temperatures, drought and climatic changes that have directly affected the livestock sector of Castilla-La Mancha has been the lack of food on many farms. This was detrimental to the environment because it could cause farmers who are involved in this particular type of livestock and organic production to lose this classification, as well as the corresponding aid.