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in the face of significant losses of fruits and vegetables due to drought, Jacques Rouchaussé pleads for better adaptation of restrictions 'Water under penalty of losing food sovereignty.

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"We have damage to yields and we make these losses between 25% and 35%", said Tuesday August 16 on Franceinfo Jacques Rouchaussé, president of vegetables from France, while France is still affected By the most violent drought since 1976. "The water restrictions that are taken will have to be better suited" to protect "French sovereignty and food security", he adds.

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Jacques Rouchaussé: We have damage to yields. For the moment, we quote these losses between 25% and 35% decrease. We must alert to the fact that if we want food sovereignty, if we want food security, we really have to find ways to continue to produce on our territory. When we talk about food safety, the water restrictions that are taken will have to be better suited today. You have to be realistic and pragmatic. Obviously, for swimming pools, do not fill them. However, it is imperative to use water to continue to produce for our food sovereignty.

"Today, you should know that one in two vegetables is imported into France. What do we want? The end of France?"

Jacques Rouchaussé, president of vegetables from France

to Franceinfo

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Our product is dependent on production. If you have a big production, the course is almost normal, if the production is low, it may be, I may say, there is an increase. Today, when we see the combination of the load increases, the drought, we have an accumulation that makes producers wonder if they will continue to produce or not. I had producers on the phone, they are very worried and wonder if tomorrow they will still be able to produce fruits and vegetables.

Do you need aid for producers who lose a large part of their production?

Absolutely. When we talk about food sovereignty, the government must get their hands on the wallet to help producers pass this difficult course. Since the beginning of the year, we have undergone all the increases because of the war in Ukraine. Add to that the drought ... If tomorrow we still want to have French production, we will have to help producers so that we can continue to supply French consumers with France of France they ask for.

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