Farmers said goodbye to Bratislava with manure

But they plan to organise a general strike across Slovakia.

Manure in front of the Agricultural Paying AgencyManure in front of the Agricultural Paying Agency(Source: TASR)

The farmers who came to Bratislava to protest against the current situation in the sector suspended their strike and went home on February 22.

Before they left, they spread manure in front of the Agriculture Ministry and the Agricultural Paying Agency (PPA) buildings. Both institutions are trying to cover subsidy frauds and do not observe the laws, said the representatives of farmers, geodesists and foresters.

“PPA has not allocated subsidies to some protesting farmers, even though they have received rulings from the district, regional courts, and even the Constitutional Court,” said one of the protesting farmers, František Oravec, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

Read also:Farmers blocked the traffic in Bratislava

Farmers also claim that the Agriculture Ministry does not protect small farmers.

“We’ve been oppressed and we’ve been losing our land,” said Patrik Magdoško of the Initiative of Farmers, as quoted by SITA, explaining that spreading the manure should symbolise how the ministry is treating them.

Strike will be prepared

The departure from Bratislava does not mean that the farmers will stop in their efforts. They plan to organise a general strike across Slovakia in about a month, with the support of the Slovak Union of Motor Carriers (UNAS).

“If the government accepts our conditions, we’ll cancel the general strike,” he added, as quoted by SITA.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

What Slovakia could teach Britain

As the Brexit process lumbers on, the British seem disinclined to take heed of anyone’s views. But Slovakia could offer some advice – and even solace.

British PM Theresa May greets her Slovak counterpart Peter Pellegrini.

Biathlete Kuzmina dominated in women's 10 km pursuit

She did not make any mistake at the shooting range.

Anastasia Kuzmina

Kočner had Kuciak murdered, then planned to escape

The controversial businessman admitted to an alleged mafia member that he might not get away with the crime.

Marian Kočner

Slovakia and Switzerland have a similar mental landscape

Slovakia feels younger, Switzerland seems more colourful, says Swiss Ambassador Alexander Hoffet.

Swiss Ambassador to Slovakia Alexander Hoffet