Peasants occupy the Ministry of Agriculture. ‘We have been treated very badly’

Representatives of agricultural organizations who took part in talks with the management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Tuesday announced a 48-hour sit-in strike and remained at the ministry’s headquarters.

Farmers who signed an agreement in Jasionka in March with Agriculture Minister Czesław Siekierski and Deputy Minister Michał Kołodziejczak came to Warsaw yesterday to enforce the agreements, which were to take effect from April 1.

The document stipulates, among other things, that the Minister of Agriculture must request Prime Minister Donald Tusk to suspend the transit of embargoed agricultural products from Ukraine through the territory of Poland.

Twelve people are said to have barricaded themselves in the ministry building. They announce that they will spend 48 hours there. More farmers are expected to arrive soon. – We were treated very badly because the Prime Minister did not come. I think he will reconsider and come, one of the protesters told Polsat News.

Sit-on strike by farmers. The position of the ministry

Before midnight on Tuesday, the ministry announced an announcement about talks with farmers. “Late in the evening, talks are underway at the ministry between Minister Czesław Siekierski and representatives of protesting farmers who signed agreements with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Jasionka on March 19 this year,” the ministry said on its website.

According to the ministry, “in the meantime, discussions and consultations were held at the level of the Ministers of Agriculture of Poland and Ukraine, as well as representatives of agricultural associations of both sides”, and “a meeting was held at the intergovernmental level on March 28 of this year.”

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, “the schemes adopted in Jasionka have been significantly implemented”. The ministry mentions five points, including: “matters related to the Green Deal” and “rules for activating support for grain producers,” and also ensures that “the embargo on imports to Poland of grains, corn, rapeseed , sunflowers, flour, bran, meals and cakes from Ukraine will be maintained” and “work is underway to maintain agricultural tax levels at 2023 levels.”

There is no proposal to suspend the transit of Ukrainian agricultural products through Poland

“Due to the fact that Ukraine announced that the transit of its agricultural products through Poland would be minimized from April to June this year, the Ministry of Agriculture did not submit a request to suspend the transit of Ukrainian agricultural products through Poland. ” the statement said.

“Taking into account the above, it must be stated that the Ministry of Agriculture is implementing the demands and agreements made with the representatives of the protesting farmers. As Minister Czesław Siekierski has stated, a number of actions require many inter-ministerial arrangements and specific procedures. , which extends the implementation of the schemes,” the ministry argues.

Source: Do Rzeczy