France’s Agriculture Minister Marc Fesneau has recently announced a ‘sovereignty plan’ to increase the production and consumption of locally-grown fruits and vegetables. At the Salon de l’Agriculture event, he revealed that nearly half of the fruit and vegetables consumed in France are imported, leading to a loss of sovereignty in the domestic market. As a solution, the French government has allocated €200 million towards the plan, with an additional €300 million available to private investors.
The fund aims to support small and medium-sized agricultural businesses in increasing competitiveness and boosting automation. It will also provide development capital to these businesses to expand their operations. This move is part of France’s more extensive efforts to promote domestic agriculture and decrease reliance on imported produce. With the fund’s implementation, local farmers are expected to have a better chance at supplying the growing demand for fresh fruits and vegetables while promoting the country’s economic growth.