By Cathy Elelman • 09 March 2020 • 16:23
TURN OUT: Some 500 demonstrators and 250 tractors took part in the protest
CREDIT: Asaja Balears Twitter @AsajaBalears
MALLORCA farmers took to the streets of Palma in tractors on Saturday to demand fairer prices for their produce and to highlight the importance of the agriculture sector.
Some 500 protestors and 250 tractors made their way through the centre of the city, going from Calle Manuel Azaña to the Borne and the Government delegation offices where a manifesto detailing their claims was read out.
They were received by Government Sub-delegate Aina Calvo.
The sub-delegate told them they could trust in her “collaboration” in transferring to Madrid farmers’ concerns about the aggravating factor of insularity in relation to costs.
Farmers’ and livestock breeders’ associations Asaja-Baleares, Unio de Pagesos de Mallorca and UPA-AIA organised the Saturday protest action, which they described as “historic.”
They want to see the establishment of minimum prices at State level and policies which guarantee the future of the sector.
The protestors also called on Balearic Island institutions to follow policies which favour local consumption and on consumers for their support.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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