Farmers and ranchers have moved again this Wednesday in Navarra, Andalusia and Galicia, within the so-called ‘agricultural strike’, to claim a decent price at the origin of their products. In Pamplona, called by the UAGN and UCAN unions, they have warned that “the field will not stop, we will continue on the roads until there is a solution.”
The demonstration has begun on the Cuesta de Santo Domingo of the capital of the Regional Community, where they have simulated a confinement, with a banner under the motto “Without farmers and ranchers, who will feed you tomorrow?”, Which was received between applause by the people concentrated there. Signs have also been seen with the message “The field is not sold, it is defended” and slogans such as “If the field is not fixed, war, war, war” have been chanted.
In previous statements to the media, the president of the UAGN Navarrese union, Félix Bariáin, explained that “the confinement is the most international festival in Pamplona and Navarra and, through it, we want to visualize the problems of farmers and ranchers” of the Foral Community. He has considered that this mobilization is “a turning point” and that they have been losing money for decades. “I would like my deputies who are in Congress to lower their salary to what they earned in the 70s, we would see how long they last,” he said.
For his part, the president of the UCAN union, José Mari Martínez, said that “we are tired of not receiving a decent price at the origin for our products.” “The society has to realize that we make a healthy and healthy diet but that has a cost, they cannot compare us with third countries that God knows how they treat their workforce and products,” he said. “We have to receive a fair income for our products,” he said.
“It continues with the prices of five years ago”
Also, a total of 747 tractors have participated this Wednesday in the demonstration that has crossed from north to south the city of Granada for the future of the agricultural and livestock sector. The Subdelegation of the Government in the province together with the Civil Guard of Traffic has realized a retention in the A-44, at the height of kilometer point 115, where a detour has been enabled for the occupation of the two lanes by tractors .
The first vehicles have congregated in the Granada-based Joaquina Eguaras street, from where, in front of the Almanjáyar de la Junta administrative building, where the Delegation of Agriculture is based. In addition, about 200 buses have transported participants from different parts of the province. Under the slogan “Fair prices for a living field”, the organizations Asaja, COAG, UPA, Infaoliva, Agro-food Cooperatives of Granada and Ecohal, have led the march together with their provincial representatives.
Along these same lines, the Unións Agrarias (UU.AA.) union has called for the mobilization of Galician farmers in the dairy sector on Wednesday, in front of the Government Delegation in A Coruña, against the use of milk “as a product claim “by the distribution companies.
The union’s general secretary, Roberto García, has focused on prices “that do not cover production costs.” In the case of Galicia, he recalled the protests carried out by the dairy farmers of last 2015 and has lamented that “four and a half years later” there is still “the same situation”. Thus, he has criticized that the distribution chains “continue using” milk as a claim product “to win consumers and not buyers.”
“They continue with prices of five years ago, at 56 cents a liter. Those same chains that a few kilometers later, in France, a surplus country, have the price at 73 cents,” Garcia insisted. While production is an expense of 32 cents per liter for farmers, the industry “imposes” a purchase price of around 30 cents. “And if you don’t sign, they tell you they don’t buy you anymore,” he stressed.
Make industry prices public
In addition, Garcia has claimed that “prices” for which the industry offers a liter of milk to the final distributors are made public, since “there are links that are selling at a loss” and the consumer “cannot pay” this inefficiency. In the event that this price transparency exercise confirms the ‘dumping’, UU.AA. He has already warned that they will use “justice to denounce and tractors” to protest.
However, the secretary general of the agrarian union has valued the “commitment” that they perceive in the statements of both the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas. In this regard, he said that if they intend to “criminalize” crimes and sanctions, their “opportunity to prove it” is precisely the dairy sector.
And, while for other products in the primary sector “it will take a legislative time” to take appropriate measures to avoid production with losses, in the case of milk “only political will is lacking.” In his view, the Government “has many instruments – such as the dairy sector table – to meet with the distribution and tell you that you cannot continue using milk as a claim product.”
According to data from the USA, 75% of the production of fruits and vegetables for export. This situation of a certain dependence on foreign countries means greater exposure to the fall of “very important markets” such as the Russian veto on European imports, the tariffs established by States and the ‘Brexit’. To this we must add the weather conditions, which this year caused “a significant drop in production.”