Armando G. Tejeda
Newspaper La Jornada
Monday, January 24, 2022, p. 24
Madrid. Thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of Madrid to warn of the unsustainable situation in which the primary sector finds itself”, that is, farmers, ranchers and activities linked to the rural world, which is experiencing one of its worst stages in recent decades. .
Despite the high consumption of agricultural products, the farm worker is at the limit, almost always receiving a price below the cost of production or slightly higher, and suffering from regulations that force them to permanently modify their activity.
The divorce between the Spanish rural world and the government, of the socialist Pedro Sánchez, is more critical than ever. More than 6,000 participated in the mobilization, according to the government delegation, and more than 20,000, according to the organizers. They came from all over the country with their tractors, on horseback, with carts pulled by oxen, there were also donkeys, hunting dogs and sheep. They blew cowbells, saucepans, whistles and horns to send a message of desperation, in which they accuse the Executive of a good part of their ills.
In addition to demanding a change in the regulations of the primary sector, the rural world demands the resignation of the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, who is part of the government’s United We Can quota, for recent statements in which he warned that the meat produced in Spain in the so-called intensive farms was of the worst quality.
The problem is that these statements, being true, were made to The Guardian, an English media outlet, when the British market is the main importer of meat produced in Spain. The rural world pointed to him as the main person responsible for the economic and ideological attacks that endanger our subsistence.
The demonstration was convened by the Association for the Development and Defense of the Rural World, which includes 300 associations from the primary sector throughout the country, who came together to denounce the unsustainable situation in which they find themselves, due to the low prices of their products, which they largely attributed to unfair competition from other countries.