The rural world demonstrates against the “threats” suffered by the sector

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Thousands of farmers, ranchers and other workers in the rural world demonstrate this Sunday in Madrid in a great march with which they intend to denounce “continuous threats” suffered by the primary sector for “ideological and economic interests” that endanger their subsistence.

The march is called by the Association for the Development and Defense of the Rural World (Alma), which includes more than 500 associations from the first sector, and has started at 12:00 in the Plaza de San Juan de la Cruz in Madrid, in front of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, and heads to the Plaza de Carlos V, in Atocha, where the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is located.

The demonstrators, coming from all over Spain, show banners in defense of agriculture, livestock, fishing or hunting, and chant songs such as ‘Yes, yes, yes, the countryside is already here’.

Participating in the march 40 tractors, 50 horses, 15 ox-drawn carts, working dogs and pets, as well as falconry birds.

“We want to give visibility to the situation that the rural world currently has, try to influence agricultural, livestock, social and environmental policies”, assured before the start of the march the secretary general of Alma Rural, Charles Good, who added that “we need society to align with us and support us“.

Lawrence Ramos, general secretary of UPA, has affirmed that “agriculture and family farming are having a very bad time in recent times, especially with the increased production costs” and has demanded that the Government and the autonomous communities put in place “sufficient mechanisms” so that the food chain law recently approved in the Congress of Deputies.

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“Spanish society has to know that turning its back on rural groups with erroneous policies is going to pay dearly,” he warned. Natalia Corbalan, director of the Ingenio Foundation.

“The field never fails”

Before the start of the march, the organizers have read a manifesto in which they have stated that the activities of rural groups are “continually threatened by incoherent regulations, as well as actions that are clearly aimed at putting an end to their activity”.

They have also stated their objective that they be taken “into account when legislating” and ensure that those laws, regulations and agricultural, livestock, environmental or social policies that are “misguided” adapt to “the reality of the countryside” and their daily lives.

In addition, they want to remind society that the field “never fails” and they give as an example moments such as the confinement of the spring of 2020 due to the pandemic of coronavirus or the arrival of Philomena, when despite the difficulties there was no shortage of food in supermarkets.

That is why they demand that consumers and society “support and protect” them so that they can continue carrying out their tasks and they believe that, without the rural world, Spain would not be what it is today.

The opposition supports the demonstration

Several representatives of opposition parties have attended the march and have criticized the policy of the Government of Pedro Sánchez regarding the rural world and have recalled the statements of the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, about the macro-farms.

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Thus, the deputy secretary of Territorial Policy of the PP, Antonio González Terol, has launched an “SOS in favor of the rural world” and has accused the central Executive of “mistreating ranchers.” In this sense, he has asked him to “close” the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and for Garzón to “leave” and has assured that this is what the PP will do if Pablo Casado wins the elections: “eliminate the Ministry.”

The leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, has not attended the call, he has shown his support in a tweet in which he recalled that the formation he presides over is “the field party”.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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