It’s easier for us to drink than to protest! This message from the film “Labor Day” directed by Pjero Žalica, spiced with the smells of barbecue and the sounds of trumpeters, was well understood by everyone except the farmers. Not that they don’t have a feeling for film associations, but that they do extremely difficult, demanding and responsible work. If someone even belittles them, then any relaxation is ruled out. Their “riots” are actually pressures on the state to get a little more serious and delve into the problems that are bothering them. That’s why the Initiative for the Survival of Serbian Farmers, after the end of the August protests, announced that as soon as they finished certain tasks related to harvesting and preparations for autumn sowing, they would once again go out with tractors to the “corso” of the main town of Vojvodina, but also to numerous other places that bear the epithet of agricultural . In the meantime, they will soon find out whether the new president and prime minister of Serbia will “pardon” them on the head, although I did not like her prediction that from September 1st we are entering a period of instability.
Regardless of all the potential surprises, the expected economic karakonzula and other disasters, it was more acceptable for the Prime Minister to have announced some “shaggy”, cooler and tighter times, i.e. an uncertain autumn or woolly winter. Quite simply, it is logical to expect more optimism, support and encouragement from each team in the new management cycle in order to overcome all challenges more easily.
On the very next day, the Prime Minister added a message that she would strive to put together a brave team, which practically implies the elimination of every form of cowardice, depression and easy surrender. By the way, the new election of Ana Brnabić as the Prime Minister of Serbia was not welcomed as surprising or bad news among farmers. Serbian farmers cannot easily forget that they spent 13 hours in the cabinet of the Prime Minister during negotiations on their demands. She was with them all the time.
Forget the story about the jar as soon as possible
By the way, the aforementioned marathon negotiations regarding the purchase price of sunflowers, regressed fuel, mineral fertilizer subsidies up to milk premiums, and the still “loose” desire that farmers receive support of 300 euros from the state per hectare of arable land, were significant in many ways. Namely, producers and representatives of the relevant ministry, its services as well as the Government of Serbia met “eye to eye” which was a kind of moment of truth about the current situation in the agricultural sector.
In domestic agriculture, when it comes to primary production, many of the participants in the negotiations realized that there is still nothing to do with a market-sustainable economy. The reason for this is the decade-long “spontaneity” and relaxation that we tend to call the traditional concept, in which big companies, buyers, exporters and traders have the main say. It is to be expected that the new/old government will make certain strides that suggest more investment in processing capacities, control of monopolists and all those who break the rules and enter into the step of the most numerous entities, that is, small and medium-sized agricultural farms.
It is only one of the segments in creating a more favorable environment and greater motivation for the more successful work of domestic food producers.
Launching the story that “the state pot is not bottomless” only further hurt the farmers, because it is simply untrue that they are asking for anything excessively. The rebel farmers did not ask to be taken to and from the fields by “rickshaws”, but to receive elementary support from the state in order to remain in production. That’s why we should forget about “tinning” by “cup”, even in the figurative sense of the word, and seek and expect support from the state coffers, which should be proportional to the contribution of domestic agriculture to the economic share in the GDP.
Global witch doctors invoke hunger
Will the rain, which is very late, calm the passions and pessimistic forecasts about the arrival of not only bad, but also unbearable times. Apprehensions as well as serious announcements that a good part of the world (over 40 percent) will enter the “twilight” of shortages, enormous prices and hunger, fortunately, collapsed like a house of cards. A few days ago, almost all media agencies reported that the price of grain “fell” below expectations on most stock exchanges. Above all, the price of wheat.
This event was associated by many with the heated export of grain, with the consent of Russia and the supervision of the UN, from overcrowded warehouses in Ukraine. Almost no one mentions stock market tricksters with speculator hysteria, even though it is well known that their “combinatorics” and the creation of an atmosphere of hopelessness are key tools for price and other shocks.
In order for the global sorcerers not to lead us into any temptations and surprises, we should take seriously the warnings of farmers that the next two sowings, autumn and spring, could be significantly “thinner” if they do not receive the support of the state. The reason for this is, among other things, that certain basic inputs have become so expensive that many farmers cannot afford such a thing.
Expose will gild everything
Of course, in her exposé, the new prime minister and mandate holder will present some details that will positively surprise us. However, personally, before the public reading of the aforementioned presentation, I was really surprised, because in several official conversations the Prime Minister said that the priorities of the work of the Government of Serbia will be Kosovo and Metohija and energy. Did she bypass or leave out agriculture, that is, food?!
I believe that domestic agriculture will be given an appropriate place in the aforementioned exposition, because no matter how much we try to minimize that aspect, Serbia is predominantly an agrarian country. With potential beyond all freelancers, IT or nuclear experts!
If the focus of the Government of Serbia is even an iota more towards agriculture than looking at the rehabilitation of certain Chetnik commanders, arguing with neighbors from the region, supporting all kinds of political groups, a more determined fight against corruption or less “hoarding” of functions by politicians: we will have both plums and jam. Even to toast!
Pure communism, the well-known writer Radovan Beli Marković (1947-2022) would say to all this, to whom his friends from the area of Kolubara and the hills erected a monumental monument for Our Lady on Mali Povlen, a pearl from the Valjevski mountains. As someone notices with the unique pedestal that forms one of the most beautiful mountains in that part of Serbia.
Serbian peasants know that Beli wrote in their language. Especially planted and almost gone. Psačanski. Apart from “Lajkovac pruga” they have read little else from this unique writer. But there will be time. It’s never too late.
The beautiful sculpture in oak from the Kolubar Forest was carved by the sculptor Milutin Ranković, Radovan’s compatriot and neighbor from Lajkovac. The first prize for work in journalism and spreading the culture of Belo Marković’s name went to Miloš Jevtić, a native of the Valjevo region, otherwise a retired journalist from Radio Belgrade. Miloš is the author of 200 books, conversations with the most important people from the end of the 20th century, within the edition-collection “Answers”. It went, the prize, into the right hands.
In honor of all those events, I will remind you of one of my newspaper conversations in the newspaper “Politika” with Beli Marković, which was published under the title “In the presence of books, less lies are told”. I am not doing this with the intention of promoting myself, but for the sake of reducing or silencing the incredible amount of lies and deception to which Serbian peasants, that is, farmers, are exposed by the state and its satellites!!!
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