Madrid / Spanish farmers and ranchers seconded on Wednesday the second day of protests in the Spanish countryside, with altercations in Don Benito (Badajoz, Extremadura), coinciding with the celebration of an agricultural fair (Agroexpo); and today they are summoned in Salamanca, Zamora, Palencia, Burgos and Jaén.
Farmers demand “fair prices” and support measures to guarantee the future of their activity against the rise in the minimum interprofessional wage (SMI) to 950 euros, the “brexit” and US tariffs.
Farmers and ranchers went out yesterday called by the agricultural organizations Asaja, COAG and UPA in Logroño (La Rioja), Almería (Andalusia), Valladolid (Castilla y León) and Don Benito.
The protest in Don Benito brought together some 10,000 people according to the conveners and 3,000 according to the Government Delegation, and coincided with the Agroexpo International Fair, which was inaugurated by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, and the President of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández-Vara.
The protesters broke the security cordon and tried to access the interior of the Agroexpo compound. Police arrested one of them, who was released shortly after, and in the altercation with law enforcement officers 15 protesters were slightly injured.
Measures to reduce price volatility
In Don Benito, and given that neither the autonomous nor the national administration can set prices for the field, the minister of the branch opted for the adoption of measures to reduce its volatility, such as private storage and the incorporation of the European directive on unfair practices commercial.
One of the representatives of the Almeria fruit and vegetable sector, Pascual Soler, president of the Asaja organization in Almeria, advocated, however, for “declaring the commercial war on the Ministry.”
The rest of the associations calling for the protests, UPA and COAG, criticized the competition of Morocco and asked for a negotiating table.
The Spanish agricultural and livestock sector has been called to carry out tractors and concentrations the rest of the week in Galicia, Aragon, Castilla y León, La Rioja, Extremadura, Andalusia and the Basque Country.
But the call for mobilizations covers the first half of February, in Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Madrid and Murcia. (January 30, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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