The Government is moving to try to defuse the farmers’ protests that are taking place throughout the country, who, for the third consecutive day, are blocking roads with tractors, barricades and pickets. Thus, in order to address problems such as the lack of labor, the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, Elma Saiz, has called next Tuesday, February 13, to agricultural organizations to address the “labor problem” in the countryside and has estimated that 100,000 jobs have been lost in this sector in ten years.
This action is added to the proposal made yesterday by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, when he committed to improving the operation of the Chain Law. Precisely, the Food Chain Observatory is also scheduled to meet next week, the collegiate body attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food that works to achieve a correct balance between the links in the chain.
Meanwhile, Independent farmers and those convened by the professional agricultural organizations Asaja, COAG and UPA continue to carry out, in general, controlled actions with the blocking of roads with tractors, barricades or pickets; specific blockades in logistics nodes such as industrial estates; and its arrival in provincial capitals such as Salamanca, Logroño or Pamplona. More specific are the violent acts, highlighting this Thursday the police charges in the south of Badajoz where a civil guard was injured while trying to avoid the blockage of the A-66 highway.
The protests of these days have already left a few dozen detainees, one of them has even been brought to justice in Granada, while yesterday alone the agents identified more than 2,500 people.
Supermarkets ask for free transit
After the extension of the protests to logistics nodes, This Thursday, the employers’ association of the Asedas supermarkets asked farmers for “responsibility” and for “guarantees” from the authorities so that free movement is maintained. and the rural protests do not collapse traffic and distribution. The Minister of Transport, Óscar Puente, has taken up the gauntlet and has indicated that he will guarantee free movement on the roads “in application of the Law” and has stated that so far there is no shortage of products in the establishments, although they will be alert in case this happens. changes. In the Region of Murcia, for example, supermarkets have suffered small temporary incidents in the distribution of fresh products, since farmers’ protests have caused some delays in deliveries.
The autonomous administrative sphere continues to gain prominence in this context in which Farmers continue to call for a more flexible EU “green” policy, fairer trade agreements and more aid. With these proposals, a group of independent farmers were presented this Thursday in the Catalan Parliament where they met with the president of the Chamber, Anna Erra. The Basque Parliament, for its part, has committed to continue working, within the framework of its powers, to improve the profitability of the primary sector and guarantee its future.
The debate continues in the political arena and while The first vice president of the Government, María Jesús Montero, has accused Vox of trying to manipulate farmers to try to capitalize on the protests; The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno (PP), has asked the central Executive for “quick, accurate and decisive decisions.” For her part, the president of Navarra, María Chivite (PSOE), has suffered an “escrache” from farmers at the doors of her house two days after she claimed not to share the farmers’ demands regarding what It is up to her community.