Monday, August 8

Nearly 400 tractors cry out in Jaén for solutions to the “unaffordable” increase in production costs in the field

Some 400 tractors, according to information provided by the Government Subdelegation in Jaén, have taken to the streets of six municipalities in the province, including Jaén capital, to cry out for solutions to the “unaffordable” increase in production costs in the olive grove of Jaén and in agriculture.

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In the case of Jaén capital, 86 tractors and some 200 people have participated. In Andújar there have been 25 tractors and 35 people, while in Úbeda 98 tractors and some 114 people have supported the protest. In Alcalá la Real there have been 94 tractors, another 50 tractors have traveled the streets of Villanueva del Arzobispo and another 30 have done so in Puente de Génave.

The call for these tractor-trailers has started from Asaja, COAG, UPA and Agro-food Cooperatives and they have been developed without any notable incident from 9 a.m. and until after 11:30 a.m. in Jaén capital, Alcalá la Real, Andújar, Úbeda, Puente de Génave and Villanueva of the Archbishop.

“We don’t like to leave our farms and have to come to demonstrate because of the unaffordable increase in our production costs”, the general secretary of UPA-Jaén, Cristóbal Cano, told journalists, referring to protests that have taken place cape under the motto For a living countryside, for some living towns.

Diesel and electricity, fired

Cano has referred to the increases in the prices of fertilizers, phytosanitary products and fertilizers, but above all in agricultural diesel, “which has gone from 80 cents to more than double”, and also in the electricity rate that mainly affects livestock farms and irrigated areas where “they have had to stop irrigating” due to “the absolutely disproportionate energy cost”.

“It is incomprehensible that energy corporations can command more than any government,” said Cano, who has asked for the market to intervene to “make sense of this speculation that is rampant”, in addition to demanding direct aid for the sector.

For his part, the general secretary of COAG in Jaén, Juan Luis Ávila, has stressed that “the province of Jaén cannot continue in the grievance that we are permanently experiencing”, while at the same time advocating paralyzing the reform of the PAC and that not be launched in 2023.

Also from Cooperatives, Agro-food, Higinio Castellanos, has called to continue fighting to achieve solutions that have a direct impact on the province. That is why they have chosen to carry out this protest so that “not only the voices of the farmers are heard, but the roar of the tractors”.

Likewise, the manager and spokesman for Asaja Jaén, Luis Carlos Valero, has pointed out that this Friday’s tractorades are “a small demonstration from the Jaén countryside” and “the beginning of future mobilizations” since what is coming is a ” hot autumn” to defend the interests of the countryside.

Consensual claims

The conveners have agreed on a protest table in which the intervention of the electricity and fuel markets is required to “prevent abusive practices by large corporations that are behind the unaffordable increase in production costs.”

Likewise, they urge the National Markets and Competition Commission to initiate an investigation to determine if practices contrary to free competition are being carried out. They also demand direct aid to farmers and ranchers to mitigate the increase in the price of hydrocarbons; as well as a rise in compensatory VAT for agriculture and livestock from 12 to 18 percent.

The three agrarian organizations and the cooperatives urgently demand that the EAFRD funds not executed by the autonomous communities be dedicated to direct aid for farmers and ranchers, authorized by the European Commission, as well as reducing the tax burden on agricultural diesel, electricity , fertilizers, phytosanitary products and feed.

Finally, they demand the elimination of the water canon in its entirety for the olive grove; the deduction of expenses that are difficult to justify; 0-type loans guaranteed by Saeca to inject liquidity into the sector; and a CAP “fairer and more social for the farmers and ranchers of Jaén”.

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