Faced with the multiplication of suicides of farmers, the government is launching this Tuesday, November 23, a “collective mobilization” to try to reduce the scale of the phenomenon and respond to the distress of the peasant world.
A government “roadmap” must be detailed during the day, at the Ministry of Agriculture, by the ministers of Health, Olivier Véran, and of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, as well as by the Secretary of State in charge of Pensions and Occupational Health, Laurent Pietraszewski.
“It is important to lift the taboos on the issue of ill-being and to talk about it within society,” said, on the eve of the meeting, Julien Denormandie in an interview given to The cross.
Among the expected measures: the “creation of steering committees in each department”, in the course of 2022, in order to better coordinate prevention locally.
These committees will bring together “a very large panel of actors”, whether they are representatives of the State, the agricultural world, health professionals or even banks.
An alarming national finding
The executive also intends to structure and train networks of “sentries”, volunteers revolving around farmers “able to detect situations of distress”. It also plans to financially strengthen mechanisms to relieve farmers, including “respite assistance”. The latter finances the replacement for up to ten days of operators in a situation of professional exhaustion and the replacement tax credit. In total, the envelope dedicated to agricultural malaise will increase from 30 to 42 million euros per year.
According to the most recent data from the agricultural social security (MSA), 529 suicides were counted in 2016 among the 1.6 million insured under the agricultural system aged at least 15 years (beneficiaries of farmers and agricultural employees included).
Among MSA policyholders aged 15 to 64, the risk of suicide was 43.2% higher than that of policyholders in all social security schemes. Beyond 65 years, the risk of suicide was twice as high compared to the population of this age group.