“One-sided move by the government”: Hundreds of farmers demonstrated against the reform

The heads of the agricultural leadership, the Israel Farmers’ Association, the Moshavim movement and hundreds of farmers came to demonstrate today (Tuesday) in front of the Knesset, while the Economics Committee headed by the Knesset member Michael Bitton, Continues to discuss the regulations of the Poultry Board, for setting quotas for egg production for 2022. This, as part of the opposition to the agricultural reform promoted by the Minister of Finance Avigdor Lieberman, And the Minister of Agriculture Oded Forer.

The demonstrators waved signs and placed a display of tombs with the names of moshavim cultivating agricultural crops, which read: “Died prematurely following the cancellation of planning in the laying industry by the Israeli government”, when the slogan of the demonstration was – “Reform in agriculture, only by consent!”.

Farmers’ demonstration near the Knesset (Photo: Israel Agricultural Association)

The chairman of the Israel Farmers’ Association and the secretary general of the Moshavim movement, Amit Yifrah, read: “We will change professions and not excel in wheelbarrows! We believe that agricultural reform should balance the need to address the cost of living for consumers with the preservation and strengthening of Israeli agriculture.

Avshalom (Abu) Villan, secretary general of the Israel Agricultural Association, said: “The unilateral move by Ministers Forer and Lieberman will not lead to lower prices for consumers and will not lower the cost of living for citizens. Past experience shows that this will only enrich the tycoons, the owners of the marketing chains and the importers. ”

Villan added that “the reform will also harm the food security of the citizens of Israel, will cause dependence on food supplies from hostile countries such as Turkey and others, a particularly problematic situation against the background of a future global climate crisis that will lead to food shortages. And pests that will eradicate local crops, and farmers will go bankrupt and leave the industry. “

Lieberman and Forer (Photo: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90)Lieberman and Forer (Photo: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90)

As you may recall, Forer and Lieberman recently announced the move they are promoting together, to remove the import caps on fruits and vegetables. This, they claim, in order to encourage competition, which will lead to lower prices for vegetables and fruits. As for the eggs, at the beginning of the week, the Ministry of Agriculture announced that there is another center of avian influenza that was received in a collection of lollipop hens, adjacent to Moshav Margaliot in the north of the country. Therefore, the cluster was destined for death.

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