The French Government has announced an additional €60 million in funding for the country’s organic industry. The package is aimed at reviving the sector, which has struggled in the last two years (sales fell by 7% in 2022), and to keep the country’s ambitious targets for organic farming on track – France wants 18% of all farmland to be organic by 2027.
The announcement came during a visit to an organic dairy farm in the Oise by France’s Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, Marc Fesneau.
In addition to broad structural support, separate funding will be made available to stimulate consumer demand for organic (including €3 million for marketing) and to bolster efforts to increase organic food in public kitchens to 20% of the total menu offer across all settings.
The Minister said: ”We must support the development and the sectors of organic farming, with the objective that we have set ourselves of reaching 18% of the agricultural area in organic farming by 2027. After an initial support plan last February making it possible to alleviate emergency, this strengthening not only entails massive support of €60 million, but also a massive commitment by public procurement from the State, and by encouraging consumption by citizens. We can all be actors in the development of organic farming.”