The farmer’s measure is full

The farmer’s measure is full
The farmer’s measure is full

Stop grain imports into the European Union from Russia and other third countries, reduce the bureaucratic burden on farmers, freeze Euribor loan interest rates – these are some of the demands put forward by Latvian farmers before the protest action expected on Monday, February 5. Farmers from all over Latvia are planning to participate in it. If the government does not listen to the questions, a week later the entire Latvian protest action will follow in Riga.

On Monday morning, farmers with tractors and trucks will gather in 16 cities across Latvia. On November 2 of last year, a meeting of the industry was held with the Minister of Agriculture, Armandas Krauzi (ZZS), in Slampe, Tukuma region, where the farmers clearly indicated what urgently needs to be improved in the industry. Three months later, farmers do not see any changes.

“The minister has not been able to do such an elementary thing as increasing the control fee for imported food and fodder tenfold, a hundredfold.

The minister should understand that all the time we have been coming with proposals, various solutions, offers, now is the time when we put together the requirements, but we are waiting for solutions and offers from the ministry,” says Jānis Ločmels, the owner of z/s “Mazdzervīte”.

“At the moment, I am also in France. I am on work matters, I have come to France to sell seeds that I have grown on my farm. Today we were at one of the farmers’ protests, we drove over the viaduct alone. We discuss this with our colleagues in Europe, there is a feeling throughout Europe that the bureaucracy, the way of thinking – it needs to be talked about, it needs to be addressed. It is not the whim of one country. Another says that we are running after Germany, Poland or France. No, it’s not like that at all. It is a systemic problem that must be fundamentally changed if we want to produce something in the Latvian countryside and have people living there,” says Mārtiņš Flaksis, director of z/s “Krastmaļi”.

Such a large-scale protest action as is expected on Monday. Probably, after a week in Riga, the farmers have not held it for many years.

Large farmers’ protests have not taken place in Latvia since 2008. Farmers have specific demands, they expect specific actions from the ministry, otherwise the scale of protests will only increase. “This is the first warning action, a peaceful action with the aim of achieving the implementation of our demands, but we do not particularly believe in it. This is also proven by our big meeting in Slampe, it was all idle, because none of the questions were fulfilled. In any case, he listened. I received word yesterday evening that such and such would be done. So you can do it during lunch, but at the same time you can’t do anything and achieve anything in four months. If our demands are not met, we will continue the protest actions,” says the manager of z/s “Ceriņi” Biruta Grantiņa.

“Nothing was done about the issues of bureaucracy, about which there was the biggest outcry. The farmer’s market is full,” says Reinis Lazdāns, owner of z/s “Lazdiņi”.

Many farmers currently have difficulties making loan payments to banks. They are carried over to the next period. On the other hand, the vital “Altum” working capital program for farmers in the amount of 27 million euros has been completely spent, the farmers need to supplement it with at least another 20 million euros.

Farmers plan to gather in Vidzeme, Latgale, Zemgale and Kurzeme. On February 5, it is planned to meet in different cities around 10.00, but from From 11:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m., go on a protest trip with heavy machinery through the streets and roads. Traffic will be slowed in many places.

On the side of Valmiera, farmers will gather at the outskirts of the city, later making a trip along the Valmiera bypass, there is no plan to enter the city. Protests are also planned in Saldu, Talsi, Tukum, Kuldīga, Jelgava, Dobele, Jēkabpils, Aizkraukle, Rēzekne, Gulbene, Limbaži and Ogre.

The article is in Latvian

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