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Agriculture Minister-All farmers’ demands met, protests politically colored

November 15, 2023

On the third day of the Serbian farmers’ protests Agriculture Minister Jelena Tanaskovic said that all 13 points of the agreement reached with farmers in May have been implemented, but that the farmers have submitted new demands and that their strike is politically colored.

Tanaskovic told the Serbian state TV (RTS) that the doors of the Ministry, Government and Presidency are wide open to the farmers, but that they are refusing to talk.

She said that over the past few days she repeatedly invited the representatives of farmers’ associations to talks, that Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic also invited them to negotiations but that they turned her down.

She said that the protests are politically colored, that the farmers do not want to talk. “They wrote this in their most recent letter,” said the Minister.

According to her, the farmers’ 13 demands from May have all been met but she has received new ones.

Serbian Farmers’ associations protested on Monday and Tuesday over the dire position they are in and they continue the protests on Wednesday by blocking roads in various parts of the country.

The farmers’ demands include subsidies of 300 euros per hectare of arable land, 100 liters of excise-free “blue diesel fuel” per hectare and for the market to be regulated by the Law on Commodity Exchange.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/agriculture-minister-all-farmers-demands-met-protests-politically-colored/

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