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Germany: Farmers bring tractors to agriculture policy protest in Berlin03:35

Germany: Farmers bring tractors to agriculture policy protest in Berlin

Germany, Berlin
January 26, 2021 at 20:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of farmers held a rally to denounce the government's agricultural policy and demand legislative changes, in Berlin on Tuesday.

A convoy of tractors from across Germany blockaded the road in front of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to protest the government's approach to agriculture as a way of business.

Some of farmers could be seen with banners, saying 'Without farmers no future' and 'They don't sow, they don't harvest but they know all better,'' at the demonstration.

Farmers were demanding new regulations to require that imported food meet German standards and the suspension of the German Fertiliser Ordinance in place since 2021, as well as end to industrial agriculture.

"The milk should be better described, that it comes from Germany and not 30 percent or so from abroad," a farmer said. "Meat is also imported a lot and we probably only pack it here and then it's called German, made in Germany," he added.

Similar rallies were taking place in other parts of Germany, with farmers protesting outside Lower Saxony's Ministry of Agriculture in Hannover since Sunday.

Germany: Farmers bring tractors to agriculture policy protest in Berlin03:35
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Dozens of farmers held a rally to denounce the government's agricultural policy and demand legislative changes, in Berlin on Tuesday.

A convoy of tractors from across Germany blockaded the road in front of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to protest the government's approach to agriculture as a way of business.

Some of farmers could be seen with banners, saying 'Without farmers no future' and 'They don't sow, they don't harvest but they know all better,'' at the demonstration.

Farmers were demanding new regulations to require that imported food meet German standards and the suspension of the German Fertiliser Ordinance in place since 2021, as well as end to industrial agriculture.

"The milk should be better described, that it comes from Germany and not 30 percent or so from abroad," a farmer said. "Meat is also imported a lot and we probably only pack it here and then it's called German, made in Germany," he added.

Similar rallies were taking place in other parts of Germany, with farmers protesting outside Lower Saxony's Ministry of Agriculture in Hannover since Sunday.