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This Wednesday, Catalan farmers maintained the blockade of the site visitors routes lower off on Tuesday in Girona, with the AP-7 as probably the most outstanding level.David Borrat (EFE)

The farmers of Girona who’ve been blocking the 2 predominant connection roads with France, the AP-7 and the N-II, since Tuesday, determined yesterday afternoon that they’re making the blockade of each roads indefinite. They demand a gathering with the Climate Action Minister, David Mascort – who didn’t present up for the assembly on Tuesday resulting from private points – and that what’s agreed upon within the negotiations doesn’t stay a useless letter. The counselor had postponed the assembly till Monday, however he lastly receives the farmers this Thursday in Barcelona. For now, the protesters preserve the protest and threaten to maintain it till Monday. The closure of each roads is inflicting delays of between two and eight kilometers additionally on the roads across the closures, the place site visitors is diverted. The mobilizations of farmers in Lleida have additionally blocked eight roads.

This Thursday morning there have been a dozen roads blocked in Catalonia. In Girona, the AP-7 stands out between Girona and Figueres in each instructions, which critically impacts site visitors between France and Spain. The predominant different street, the N-II, can also be closed, in addition to the C-31 in Ventalló. Other secondary border crossings are additionally closed. These are the N-152 in Puigcerdà and the Coll d'Ares street. The roads adjoining to those arteries have severe circulation issues because of the accumulation of vans. In Lleida the AP-2 is closed on the border between Catalonia and Aragon. There are additionally outages on the A-2 in Tàrrega, in addition to the C-14, which causes issues within the accesses to the Pyrenees and Andorra. The accesses to the Val d'Aran additionally register cuts on the N-260 and the N-230. There isn’t any reopening forecast.

Late yesterday afternoon, some protesters traveled with seven tractors to the counselor's house, in Vilablareix, the municipality of which he was mayor. Two Mossos riot squads and eight police automobiles blocked the road to forestall the farmers from reaching the home. In whole about thirty brokers had been deployed. From the Department of Climate Action and Rural Agenda of the Generalitat they defined that, after Tuesday's assembly with the Pagesa Platform and even if a follow-up assembly was scheduled on March 11, the counselor will obtain this Thursday at 11 a.m. tomorrow within the Department to representatives of the agricultural organizations that take part within the Taula Agrària, informs Camilo S. Baquero.

At the protest in Pontós (Alt Empordà), from which a manifesto emerged that they known as Declaration of Pontós, farmers from the Delta de l'Ebre and Baix Llobregat joined in on Wednesday, in addition to the Confédération Paysanne of France, to indicate their assist. They issued a joint assertion by which they demanded market regulation instruments and reinforcement of neighborhood desire for agricultural merchandise from the European Union to reverse the autumn in costs at origin and confront the rise in manufacturing prices. During the day they emptied trailers of sand, crossed timber and huge branches lower on the asphalt and dumped packing containers of tomatoes and peppers from Morocco that they took out of vans on Tuesday.

After consuming a fideuá of which tons of of dishes had been served, and receiving a proposal from the Ministry of the Generalitat that they described as “ridiculous” and “laughable”, the farmers determined to make the site visitors lower “indefinite”, defined a spokesperson for Revolta Pagesa, Martí Planas. From Unió de Pagesos, its supervisor in Girona, Narcís Poch, attributed this resolution to the “disenchantment” with which the sector has obtained what they take into account a “disgrace” by Mascort. Planas said: “This can only be stopped by councilor”, and specified that they won’t transfer till they meet with the pinnacle of Climate Action and agree on among the factors that had been placed on the desk and that haven’t been taken into consideration.

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The mobilized sector, which warns that it feels “very strongly”, requires the elimination of unfair competitors and calls for regulatory instruments for markets and industrial exchanges that guarantee honest competitors and costs that incorporate the prices of productive obligations. Also the quick cessation of the negotiations of free commerce agreements and the departure of agriculture and meals from the present guidelines of the World Trade Organization, in order that different sectors of the financial system are now not favored “to the detriment of the products local agri-foods”.

Likewise, they demand a review of the European Directive on unfair practices in the food chain that eliminates “all forms of abuse and unfair competition by large industry and large distribution in the food chain”, which affect the first step of this chain: agricultural production. The Declaration of Pontós It also requires the review of the Common Agricultural Policy to reinforce the community preference for agricultural products, to simplify and de-bureaucratize their management, control and to support professionals, people, in the distribution of aid, and not exclusively in the areas or cattle. They also demand the name change of the Ministry, the resignation of the management of the Catalan Water Agency (ACA) due to, they say, the poor management that they consider has been done with the drought and that the agreements reached be recorded in the minutes. .

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