Photos: Latvian farmers take to streets

Farmers have begun protests in several places in Latvia on Monday, February 5, taking agricultural machinery out on the streets.

By protesting, farmers hope to draw attention to issues in the agricultural industry.

The protests are planned in Liepāja, Saldus, Talsi, Tukums, Kuldīga, Jelgava, Dobele, Bauska, Jēkabpils, Aizkraukle, Daugavpils, Rēzekne, Valmiera, Gulbene, Limbaži, and Ogre.

Farmers' demands focus on the following issues critical to the sector:

  1.  an immediate ban on imports of foodstuffs from Russia and Belarus without a transitional period;
  2. restoration of the 5% reduced VAT rate for fruits and berries grown in Latvia; promotion of competitiveness of the sector;
  3. reduction of bureaucracy in the agricultural sector;
  4. a broader approach to insurance and working capital programs;
  5. waiver of land encumbrances or other restrictions on land use at the national level.





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