Tractor power causes highway delay

It’s bad enough being stuck behind one tractor! Credit: ASAJA

Although the farmers protest may have started in France, Spanish farmers face similar problems and had the added blow of seeing some of their produce destroyed.

Farmers now take action

Even though their main association ASAJA wasn’t calling for open action until Thursday February 8, demonstrations started across the Iberian Peninsula on February 6 with long convoys of tractors blocking many roads.

Although the Spanish Government announced on the same day that it planned to make a further €269 million available to support farmers who are having to cope with the ongoing drought and high fuel prices due to the invasion of Ukraine, many feel it too little too late.

They blame EU rules

Fuel subsidies were a help in the past but the farmers have more to complain about as they argue that excessively tough EU rules in the Common Agricultural Policy make it almost impossible to compete with cheap uncontrolled imports from ‘third world’ and non-EU  countries.

Although many large supermarket chains boast about the fact they offer locally grown produce, many are quite happy to import large volumes of foreign fruit and vegetables as well.

There have been some reports of tyres being set fire to and there is fear that demonstrators could become involved in face offs with National Police and Guardia Civil although at the moment their main source of action is to effectively block important roads throughout the country.

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Written by

John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing newsdesk@euroweeklynews.com, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews

Comments


    • CCW60

      07 February 2024 • 16:50

      When governments create so many regulations that farmers can no longer profitably farm and government controls the food supply. When governments control the food supply they control the people. God Bless the FARMERS who are taking a stand against government tyranny!

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