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Farmers are still in the Ministry of Agriculture. They are waiting for Tusk

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Farmers joined the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. His boss, Czeslaw Sekierski, met with them, but the protesters hope that Prime Minister Donald Tusk will also come to them. The ministry building is home to farmers from organizations that signed the so-called Yasenko Agreement, as well as opponents of this method of reaching an agreement with the government.

In an announcement on Tuesday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development acknowledged that Minister Czeslaw Sekierski had met in the evening with representatives of the protesting farmers on March 19 this year. signed agreements with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Jasionka. The protesters have not left the ministry building and are awaiting a meeting with Prime Minister Donald Tusk. This was admitted by the ministry’s press secretary, Małgorzata Księzek. She added that there were no formal talks on Wednesday.

In the ministry, in addition to representatives of the Solidarity of Individual Farmers, there are also farmers representing organizations that signed the agreement in Jasionka.

“We farmers have made a gesture of goodwill, but nothing has materialized yet. There are no specifics. We are calling a sit-in, staying at the ministry to talk to the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister should come to us and talk to us so that we can develop a definite plan of action, to work out a number of things that are needed today both by farmers and by the Polish state,” Tomasz Obszanski, chairman of the Solidarity of Individual Farmers, said in an interview with the Tysol website.

Agreement in Yasenka

On the night of 19–20 March in Jasionka near Rzeszow, Minister of Agriculture Czeslaw Sekierski, Deputy Minister Michal Kołodziejczak and some leaders of the protesting farmers signed an agreement. It stipulates, among other things, that the Minister of Agriculture must demand that Prime Minister Donald Tusk suspend the transit of agricultural products from embargoed Ukraine through Poland. The parties also indicated that trade relations between both countries should be regulated, including market access for products such as cereals, canola, corn, sugar, poultry, eggs, soft fruits and apples, among others.

The document also contains provisions on subsidies for grain sold in the period from January 1 of this year to May 30 of this year, maintaining the level of agricultural tax at the 2023 level and supporting the social side of government activities aimed at changes in the Green Deal, such as limiting eco-schemes and simplification of rules for helping farmers.

Some farmer organizations have signed the agreement, but there is no general agreement on the form of the agreements.

– The provisions of this Agreement do not contain any specifics that could solve our problems – this is just a set of declarations that we have been hearing about for several weeks. Obshansky from Solidarity, Serafin from Agricultural Circles, Benyash and Pavlik from AgroUnia are representatives of their own interests, not the interests of farmers. What right did the public side represent by the man who is the right hand of Minister Kolodziejczak, Filip Pawlik, sitting in the minister’s office? – said a farmer from the Young Farmers Movement, as quoted by Tygodnik Rolniczy.

Slawomir Izdebski about the farmers’ protest on April 4

The head of OPZZ “Farmers and Agricultural Organizations” Slawomir Izdebski also distances himself from the agreement.

“I am not part of the group that signed “ridiculous agreements,” and I never wanted to be in such a group,” said the head of the OPZZ of farmers and agricultural organizations. He added that “the gentlemen have brewed beer, let them drink it now” and that they met without prior agreement with the farmers and signed some “crap”. “Not only they, but also the farmers turned into a balloon,” said Izdebsky. He also accused some protesters of being only interested in money.

He said that another protest would take place on Thursday, April 4, but it would not involve road closures. “We want farmers to come to the deputies, to the offices of deputies and the offices of senators, to tell them what the problem is,” he explained. Izdebski stressed that after such a visit, politicians will know what agricultural interests they must protect, and they will have no excuses that they “didn’t know about something.” He expressed hope that they would be able to visit a “significant part” of parliamentarians.

Designed by: Martina Koska
Source: Directly
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