Mallorca farmers take tractors to the streets to demand fairer prices for their produce

TURN OUT: Some 500 demonstrators and 250 tractors took part in the protest CREDIT: Asaja Balears Twitter @AsajaBalears

MALLORCA farmers took to the streets of Palma in tractors on Saturday to demand fairer prices for their produce and to highlight the importance of the agriculture sector.

Some 500 protestors and 250 tractors made their way through the centre of the city, going from Calle Manuel Azaña to the Borne and the Government delegation offices where a manifesto detailing their claims was read out.

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They were received by Government Sub-delegate Aina Calvo.

The sub-delegate told them they could trust in her “collaboration” in transferring to Madrid farmers’ concerns about the aggravating factor of insularity in relation to costs.

Farmers’ and livestock breeders’ associations Asaja-Baleares, Unio de Pagesos de Mallorca and UPA-AIA organised the Saturday protest action, which they described as “historic.”

They want to see the establishment of minimum prices at State level and policies which guarantee the future of the sector.

The protestors also called on Balearic Island institutions to follow policies which favour local consumption and on consumers for their support.


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