More than 40 locations are planned
Translated by Thomas Ansell
Farmers around the Netherlands are preparing for more protests on March 21 this year, reports RTV Drenthe. The pressure group Agractie made the news known on Tuesday: the protests will take place in around 40 busy and visible locations in large Dutch cities. The protests, called ‘boerderijprijzen’ (farm pricing) will take place between 12:00 and 16:00.
The organisation announced earlier this morning that they would hold more protests during the first quarter of this year. During the protests, unprocessed agricultural products will be sold for the average prices that farmers can command for them: Agractie hopes that this will demonstrate the position of the average Dutch farmer to consumers.
“We are expecting to also go to Drents cities”, said Ronne Smolders, a council member for Agractie. “We’re going to places where the consumer is very much removed from the agricultural sector. Places where people do not know how products are made, and the what the story behind them is.” It is not known if the protests will also include the earlier tactics of blocking major roadways.
Smolders said that the places for protesting had been chosen to give as much visibility as possible to the shopping public. It’s not yet known exactly where the protests will occur; the information will be shared in the near future.
Another inventive form of protest that the group hopes to soon put into action involves supermarkets. This week, the group has said that it will begin confronting consumers about products that are produced by Dutch farmers for an unfair price, and products that are particularly unsustainable. The protest will last for about a month, and will take place across the Netherlands, according to Agractie.