FNSEA continues refinery blockades before meeting with government

The farmers blocked Tuesday, June 12 morning 17 refineries and fuel depots pending a positive response from the government to their demands, which they are exposing this afternoon to the Minister of Agriculture.

The farmers of the FNSEA and Young Farmers launched Sunday in a movement to block refineries and fuel depots to protest against the importation of agricultural products that do not meet, according to them, French and European standards. On the night of Monday to Tuesday, they blocked an additional deposit in Saint-Jean-de-Braye (Loiret) bringing the number of blocked sites to 17, according to the FNSEA.

About ten subjects

“We have a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture at 3 p.m. -transposition of standards “, assured Michel Joux, president of FRSEA Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. “We expect concrete commitments from the minister to our four main demands, not fine words,” said Jérôme Despey, secretary general of the FNSEA.

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The union calls for the “implementation in the Food Law of an amendment against disruptive imports”, “commitments on the cost of labor”, “social and economic studies” before the establishment of any new standard and concrete responses on the accompaniment of the sector plans by the investment plan of 5 billion of the government. “If there are appropriate elements, we will remove the blockage”, assures Jérôme Despey, adding however that in the absence of concrete elements, the blocking will continue and that “it is renewable from Wednesday”.

(with AFP)