In excess of 10,000 farmers and more than 6,000 tractors blocked roadways across France yesterday (Tuesday, October 8th), to “express the deep distress of farmers” and to “stay stop to the government”.
The FNSEA – which organised the protest in conjunction with Jeunes Agriculteurs – said: “On October 8, in each of our departments between 11 am and 2 pm, we will block our country's highways so that the government can provide us with the right answers to the situation facing farmers.”
Claims are 'threefold'
The claims are threefold: more consideration, less distortions of competition and no unfair agreements.”
“The agricultural world is tired of it. Enough of this disrepute for agriculture; enough of this violence that is exerted by the intrusion into our farms.” the FNSEA outlined in a statement.
“Enough of these distortions of competition wanted by the government, by importing a food that we do not want and that is not produced under the same conditions and in the same standards that French farmers are asked for.”
“No sector of the economy would support what farmers are experiencing today.” the statement added.
Christiane Lambert, president of the FNSEA said that the agricultural world is standing up to defend the agriculture that the French want.
The organisation said that its next action will be a call for consumer surveys with the JA and FNSEA networks to control the labelling of products.