Farmers to Rally Again in Prague

Farmers in the Czech Republic are planning another protest in Prague this coming Thursday, according to the president of the Agricultural Union, Martin Pýcha. Hundreds of pieces of farming equipment are expected to roll into the capital city in a slow-moving demonstration, not a blockade.

The action will focus on government buildings, with the machinery primarily coming from the Central Bohemian region and surrounding areas. Farmers from all over the country will join the demonstration. Jan Doležal, the president of the Agrarian Chamber, mentioned that they have thoroughly discussed all the proposals presented to them and unanimously concluded that the current crisis in agriculture needs to be addressed with greater seriousness by the government.

Agriculture Minister Marek Výborný rejected their approach, stating that he understands their right to demonstrate, but he will not negotiate under the pressure of protests. He communicated this to the farmers in a phone call on Monday, reiterating his stance.

The farmers are demanding support for rural employment, no cuts to animal welfare support, and tax adjustments to the level prior to the government’s consolidation package. They also want the government to actively defend the interests of Czech farmers in relation to the trade agreement with Ukraine, and to maximise possible extraordinary support for farmers if the European Commission allows it.

This demonstration will not be the last, with another planned around the 21st of March when discussions on the fate of European agriculture will take place in Brussels. Pýcha has asked the residents of Prague for patience and support during this time.