Farmers’ union refutes criticism after Pano report

Farmers’ union refutes criticism after Pano report
Farmers’ union refutes criticism after Pano report

The Boerenbond on Thursday refutes the criticism that it would only argue for scaling up among farmers. The organization thus responds to the Pano report about the Boerenbond, which was broadcast on Wednesday. In the One programme, farmers testified, among other things, about their reservations about the Boerenbond and the agricultural industry.

The report gives the floor to some farmers who question the role of the Boerenbond, partly because the organization would “always” advise expanding. The organization denied this on its website on Thursday in a response.

“Our members are 16,000 real entrepreneurs. They decide for themselves which is the best scale and revenue model for their company, whether it is large or small. Boerenbond does not advocate large or small-scale companies or stables, but supports its members in determining which type of company best suits the craftsmanship of the entrepreneur, his environment, the requirements of society and the opportunities of the sales market. the.

The organization also refutes that it makes billions in profit from the agricultural sector instead of investing in an agricultural and horticultural sector of tomorrow. Among others, Flemish Minister for the Environment Zuhal Demir had called on to invest that profit in a fund to help the farmers.

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According to the Boerenbond, the consolidated profit of the MRBB, the financial holding behind the Boerenbond, is only derived for a small part, 5.6 percent, from the services and products supplied to the agricultural and horticultural sector. “The MRBB has been investing multiple times its profit in the transition and further making the sector more sustainable for years,” says the Boerenbond. “The MRBB also pays an annual dividend to Boerenbond vzw, which uses it to finance its operations. A well-developed study service, an extensive network of consultants in the field, expert advice… it costs quite a bit of money. Only 11 percent of the cost is covered by the membership fee – the rest is paid for from the dividend.”

The fact that the Boerenbond takes positions that serve its own interests and not those of the farmers is also incorrect, according to the organization. “Boerenbond’s positions are taken by the central board, which consists of active farmers and horticulturists who have been mandated by their members through a democratic election process. They are selflessly committed to their colleagues.”

“Boerenbond, those are the members, the farmers. As Boerenbond we speak on behalf of 16,000 professional farmers. That is 2/3 of all Flemish farmers. It is our job to ensure that the voice of our farmers can be heard in the Wetstraat. As the largest agricultural and horticultural organization, it is our task to arrive at solutions and a future for our farmers through consultation,” said the Boerenbond.

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