Last week, farmers staged protests to draw attention to the problems they face. Yesterday there were consultations between the Flemish government and a delegation of agricultural organizations. The farmers warned: “We don’t just want nice words, but also actions.” Afterwards it was said that the consultation was “constructive”, but there were no details about concrete commitments.
Flemish Deputy Prime Minister Hilde Crevits (CD&V) attended the consultation. “There is work to be done at all levels,” she says in the breakfast conversation with journalist Michaël Van Droogenbroeck in “De morgen” on Radio 1. “Agricultural policy is strongly determined by Europe. There are strict requirements due to the pressure on our environment and the climate, which allows us to deliver top ecological products. But there is stiff competition with cheaper products that are produced elsewhere in conditions that are no longer possible with us.”
According to Crevits, this competition with cheaper products puts enormous pressure on our farmers, and Europe must look at this. “It must be examined whether the distribution of subsidies from agricultural policy cannot be made more equitable.”