The pressure group, which has gained notoriety as the face of the farmers protests, won’t hold any demonstrations til July 21
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The Farmers Defence Force (FDF) has given an ‘ultimatum’ to the Dutch government: scrap the planned new regulations that cut animals nitrogen emissions, or as yet unspecified action will be taken. As reported by the Omrop Fryslân. Unsurprisingly, Minister Schouten has said that she won’t pay heed to the almost-threat. Nitrogen levels in Dutch soil are some of the highest in Europe and pose a threat to protected ecological zones.
This round of protests was sparked by the new animal feed regulations, but over the past few months farmers and their tractors have protested across motorways, in towns and cities, and by blockading businesses and supermarket distribution centres. All of the protests have been against a broad package of measures that aim to reduce nitrogen emissions from the farming industry.
“[the] FDF is giving Minister Schouten the opportunity, before 21 July, to come to the table with us to come up with a workable solution that is supported by the sector”, wrote the FDF, “if the ultimatum passes, then we will speed up our actions again”.
Minister Schouten has recently made it known that the feed-regulation has the support of the Tweede Kamer (Dutch lower house of Parliament), but has asked for extra information and advice to be given before making a final decision.
The FDF is (unsurprisingly) unhappy that the Minister will let the ‘ultimatum’ pass by. “That’s against what she said earlier: the we must come together and discuss a new solution to the problem. The Minister has let another side of herself be seen”, said spokesperson Sieta van Keimpema.