Instead of the fields, let’s go to the PROTESTS! The last hour for the SURVIVAL OF AGRICULTURE!

The president of the Association for the Rescue and Survival of Livestock Breeders of Western Serbia, Zlatko Kokanović, said that farmers will join the protest planned for Friday in Belgrade. His colleagues Milan Pajić and Miroslav Matković, from Bogatić and Subotica, say that they are ready to go to Belgrade with tractors if the Government of Serbia does not meet their demands.

Farmers across Serbia are starting protests. After the failed negotiations with the Government of Serbia, they decided to take to the streets today. According to Zlatko Kokanović, the protests will continue in the coming days, and part of the farmers plan to join the “Protest against violence” which is being held on Friday in the capital of Serbia.

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“We took to the streets today… We will continue with our protests tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. We will decide on Friday whether we will go to Belgrade by tractor, but we are definitely coming. “Organizations that are closer will come with tractors, and some of them will also go to Novi Sad,” explains Kokanović.


Stop systematic state violence against farmers!

Farmers, as producers of newly created values, have always been neglected and humiliated in society, especially by the state, which treated them violently and with a great deal of disrespect. She humiliated them at every step.

For years, this was tolerated by the farmers, who nevertheless showed dissatisfaction with sporadic protests, which did not bring the desired results. The state mostly made decisions and laws to the detriment of farmers. There are almost no positive examples in favor of farmers.

Milan Pajić, from the “Mleko Mačva” Association, which represents producers from Mačva and the surrounding area, says that they will be in front of the municipality in Bogatic in the coming days, but that they will go to Belgrade with tractors if the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, does not fulfill their demands.

“We were planning a trip to Belgrade, if they don’t fulfill our demands… I don’t expect them to fulfill the demands. What should I expect from this country when they left us,” he explains.

Miroslav Matković from the Association of Agricultural Producers of Subotica had an identical message.

“We will wait here in front of the municipality in Subotica until Friday. “If the Prime Minister does not sign our demands, we are ready to leave for Belgrade with tractors,” he stressed.



Agricultural producers who register a new farm through the eAGRAR system are simply prevented from submitting a request for subsidies per hectare, because, although they duly submitted a request for registration of a new farm on the eAGRAR system on the first day, they are still waiting for the data on the BPG number of their farm to be updated on the eAGRAR system, without which nothing further can be done, and the deadline for submitting subsidies is approaching, May 31, 2023.

More than tens of thousands of citizens took part last Friday in a walk from the Serbian Parliament to the Gazelle Bridge, sending a clear message to the authorities that they expect the fulfillment of all the demands that were defined as early as Monday. After an almost two-hour blockade of the Gazela, along with unforgettable footage of the Gazela, the organizers announced the “final” protest on Friday next week.

The next rally is planned for Friday in front of the Assembly of Serbia starting at 6 p.m.

The organizers are asking the authorities in Serbia to change the management of REM and RTS, take away the national frequency of Pink and Happy television stations, and ban tabloids that promote violence as a reaction to the two tragedies.

The opposition also demands an urgent session of the Serbian Parliament, where the responsibility of the Government will be discussed, as well as the security situation in the country. After the resignation of the Minister of Education Branko Ružić, the replacement of the Minister of Police Bratislava Gašić and the director of the BIA, Aleksandar Vulin, is also being sought.

Farmers and herders expect the authorities to provide them with the price of agricultural products, wheat, corn, soybeans and others, as on the stock exchanges in Budapest and Paris. They also have demands related to milk premiums.

“Last year, we tried to point out disturbances in the market”, said Savić and added that the price of wheat of 18 dinars is unacceptable because farmers cannot produce it at such a low price.

These protests are accompanied by vague threats to farmers, which additionally creates tensions and resistance, unnecessarily and quite contrary to the rights to freedom of expression of opinion and speech.

It’s time for the government to take a serious and realistic look at the failings in agriculture and react URGENTLY, instead of attacking those who feed this country!

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