Thousands of Polish family farmers turned out to protest in over 50 locations across the country. Over 150 tractors blockaded the A2 motorway into Warsaw on the 3rd February and hundreds more continue to close major roads and picket government offices in other regions. The farmers are vowing to continue the struggle until the government agrees to enter talks with the unions and commits to addressing what the farmers see as a crisis in Polish agriculture.
6000 farmers marched in Warsaw to protest the Polish governments failure to address their long-standing demands. After failed talks between Union leaders and the prime minister during the afternoon, farmers built an occupation camp outside the prime minister's palace and have vowed to remain until their demands are met.
Legalize direct sales of farm produce the government must take action to improve farmers position in the market, including the adoption of a law to facilitate direct sales of processed and unprocessed farm products.
Ban the cultivation and sale of Genetically Modified Organisms in Poland.
Implement regulation to ensure farmers are compensated for losses caused by the governments and the EUs negligent policies towards quotas, control of wild animals and trade embargoes.
These demands build on long-standing grievances among farmers who say that the government has not fulfilled agreements and contracts, leading to bankruptcy for many farmers. The demands center on loss of agricultural …
The government needs to resign! We should withdraw our membership of the European Union and recover our national food self-sufficiency.
Jadwiga Lopata, a family farmer and co-director of the International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC) said:
The health and welfare of the nation depends on consumers and farmers having access to traditional seeds and good quality food. The Polish government does not accept this and is destroying the roots of Polish agriculture by listening to corporations rather than the Polish people.
The protests by farmers affected by Russia's counter sanctions were prompted by the Polish government's failure to support them. The protests were organized by the All-Poland Alliance of Farmer's Unions and Farm Organizations (OPZZ). The health and welfare of the nation depends on consumers and farmers having access to traditional seeds and good quality food. The Polish government does not accept this and is destroying the roots of Polish agriculture by listening to corporations rather than the Polish people.
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