‘Yellow card’ Staghouwer: Room sees too little perspective for farmers

It is striking that all coalition parties support a call from GroenLinks to this effect. The Party for the Animals, SP, PvdA and the BoerBurgerBeweging also support the motion.

According to GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver, the parties often differ in opinion, but they are ‘united that this is not possible’. As far as Klaver is concerned, the motion is a ‘yellow card’, he told Staghouwer.


Staghouwer was unable to allay MPs’ frustration in the debate on nitrogen policy. This while the minister, as CDA member Derk Boswijk put it, had received ‘the best half of the assignment’. Staghouwer must offer farmers perspective against the drastic nitrogen measures.

The minister emphasized that he needs time to work out plans for the agricultural sector. This policy should ensure that farmers earn better from their food.

Staghouwer’s perspective letter, which was published together with the controversial nitrogen map, is ‘little more than a staple due to all kinds of existing subsidy schemes’, according to SGP member Roelof Bisschop. Boswijk spoke of a ‘missed opportunity’. He ‘had really hoped that there would be much more concrete measures’.

What the cabinet is now offering to farmers who want to work greener ‘compares meagerly’ with the drastic nitrogen measures, according to the Christian Democrat. The PvdA called the lack of plans ‘really unacceptable’.

‘No farmer understood’

SP MP Sandra Beckerman called it ‘a perspective letter that offers no perspective’. D66 member Tjeerd de Groot thinks ‘no farmer has understood anything’ about the long letter. “If you’re reading that, you really don’t know where you stand.”

Both the BoerBurgerBeweging and the Party for the Animals denounced the lack of measures. The VVD spoke of ‘throbbing principles’, but ‘misses the nail in the head’, says MP Thom van Campen.

Staghouwer, in turn, said he understood the impatience of the Chamber. But the schemes for farmers also depend on the elaboration of the nitrogen plans. The provinces have been given a year to do this.

Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.

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