Protests, organised by Land Schafft Verbindung, are taking place in seventeen different Germany cities today (Tuesday, October 22nd).
Up to 10,000 protesters along with 1,000 tractors are expected in Bonn, where the German Agriculture Ministry is based.
Protesters are calling for negotiation talks between farmers, the two federal ministers for agriculture and the environment, Julia Klöckner and Svenja Schulze, and relevant NGOs.
'Endangers family farms'
In a statement, a spokesperson Land Schafft Verbindung said: “The unreliability of the government and the authorities is the reason for expressing our opinion peacefully and inviting us to a solution-oriented exchange."
“The agricultural package endangers family farms. The tightening of the fertilizer ordinance leads to under-fertilization. In the so-called red areas, this damages the soil and the water more than it benefits.”
“The permanent negative mood, the “Bauernbashing”, leads to anger and frustration in the profession.”
“Discrimination, discrimination and bullying of relatives are part of the agenda; this endangers the future of farms and rural areas.” the statement added.
“Under such social circumstances and constantly pilloried, often neither professional nor proper, the profession of the farmer loses its attractiveness.”
The Mercosur trade agreement, the group said, threatens the supply of safe, high-quality and certified food from the region through low prices of imported goods.
“We call to table - talk to each other, not over each other.” the statement concluded.
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