Farmers trigger disruption at Dover in protest over low-cost imports | EUROtoday
Dozens of tractors have clogged roads round a serious UK port in a protest in opposition to low-cost imports which farmers declare will drive them out of enterprise.
The automobiles have been a part of a “go-slow” demonstration by farmers gathered in small teams across the port of Dover on Friday night.
It comes after comparable demonstrations in France which noticed French farmers transfer tractors to dam routes in Paris, urging the federal government to do extra to guard the nation’s agricultural sector from overseas competitors, rising prices and low pay.
A tractor with a trailer had “no more cheap imports” spray painted on the aspect of it, as others could possibly be seen blocking roads in direction of Folkstone, Kent.
One farmer claimed it was time to “take a stance” and claimed the UK authorities was undercutting British produce with low-cost overseas imports of meals.
Farmer Jeffrey Gibson, from Wingham, Kent, stated: “Time has come enough is enough why are we as British farmers producing food to the highest standards in the world, only for the government to do trade deals with countries producing far cheaper food with little or no standards.
“As for the supermarkets selling British produce cheaper than the cost of production shame on you.
“The time has come to take a stance, if farming continues in this country as it is with the new SFI scheme actively encouraging us not to grow food and rely more on cheap imports none of us will exist once the government changes tack leaving us unequipped to grow anything.”
He added that protesters would keep out on Friday evening for so long as attainable to boost consciousness of their trigger.
A Kent Police spokesperson stated: “Kent Police was called just after 5pm on Friday February 9 to a report of slow-moving vehicles in Jubilee Way, Dover.
“Officers are in attendance and working with the Port of Dover police on this matter.”