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 Read more 

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.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Economic restart after COVID-19 should be green

Slovakia’s plan for using money from the EU’s Recovery Fund, innovation potential and examples of green solutions and the challenge of renovating buildings are among the highlights of the latest Business Focus.

The Velux plant in Partizánske utilises 97 percent of waste from production.

Cabinet agrees on COVID screening

More details will be presented tomorrow.

Košice

More tips for outings in Bratislava during the lockdown

Walks along the Danube bank offer a feeling of being far from the city rush.

This place, part of Ovsištské Lúky (Ovsište Meadows) in Petržalka, is still Bratislava.

Roundup: Fairytale app that makes children read

An award-winning design by a Slovak architect and a trip to Zádielska dolina valley. Here’s your latest roundup.

A man wearing a face covering sits in an armchair on the snow-covered Main Street in Košice on January 13, 2021.