The protests were held by the French farmers for a week and blocked the roads in the neighboring country. Spanish farmers. The main agricultural organizations—COAG, Asaja, and UPA—announced this Tuesday that they will continue the “calendar” of mobilizations in the streets to demand a new ‘shock plan’ with measures “at the level of the European Union, the government of Spain, and the autonomous communities.”
Last summer, the main sector already called a big rally in Madrid to ask the government for more measures against drought and inflation resulting from rising energy prices after the war in Ukraine. Months before the pandemic, the same was done by the main agrarian and livestock communities, asking for a better distribution of costs throughout the chain, which culminated in a reform of the Food Chain Law.
Today, the agrarian organizations announced that they will again launch a mobilization similar to this last one, throughout the territory, with the same claims that motivated the previous ones (specifically, they asked for “modification and expansion” of the Food Chain Law to “prohibit unfair practices” and for the Food Information and Control Agency (AICA) to apply greater penalties to the economy and expand its control), but now they also extend their protests abroad, following the French protest.
The three leading organizations demanded the paralysis of negotiations on agreements such as Mercosur’s non-ratification of the treaty with New Zealand and that negotiations with Chile, Kenya, Mexico, India, and Australia be paralyzed. In addition, they asked the Government of Spain, with the supervision of the European Commission, “to increase the controls on the border with Morocco to guarantee that imported Moroccan agricultural products comply with the internal regulations of the European Union and the tariff values established in the free trade agreement.”
“It’s important to give back what the community wants to regain and guarantee our food sovereignty,” continued the three agricultural organizations. Likewise, the organizations demand, they say, that the Ministry of Agriculture create an “observatory on imports and that the battle of Brussels demand recompense, by mirror clause, of all agricultural and livestock products entering the territory of the European Union.”.
In addition, within the scope of the powers of the autonomous communities, they will ask for “urgent reforms” regarding the simplification of bureaucratic procedures that weaken professionals in the field. Rancheros also taught the critical condition that creates health issues in animals and asked for a “coordinated, serious, and consistent animal health policy that will help professionals in the field and not sink it.” “A strengthened budget for agricultural insurance must be recovered to adapt it to the structural situation caused by droughts and adverse meteorological events, which are more severe and recurring due to the change in the climate.”
Finally, and also by the claims of the French to ensure the renewal of the generation in the countryside, they ask that no application for the participation of young people be fulfilled due to the lack of budget; stop speculation and land purchases made by investment funds and agents outside the agricultural sector; facilitate, through voluntary mechanisms, access to land for young and new farmers, as well as those with a territorial base lower than the average for their production sector; and consider again the placement of renewable energy on agricultural land.