50 farmers demonstrate against competition from Moroccan tomatoes

50 farmers demonstrate against competition from Moroccan tomatoes
50 farmers demonstrate against competition from Moroccan tomatoes

Around fifty French farmers carried out a protest action at the southern toll of the A9 motorway in , this Thursday, May 16, 2024. Accompanied by eight agricultural machines, they mobilized to denounce what they consider to be “competition unfair” in the tomato market, particularly those from Morocco. Jean-François Faux, a producer involved in the movement, argues that Moroccan farmers “use one euro labor“, while in , he pays it “14 euros per hour “.

His colleague, Jean-Pierre Perez declared to -.fr: “Today, we are targeting tomatoes from Morocco because imports have increased by 40% in four years. Meanwhile, farms are dying and our farmers are committing suicide“. Overall, French farmers denounce that their country’s agricultural policy seems to show little concern for the economic and social consequences linked to imports.

Thus, the demonstrators say they are defending national food sovereignty and drawing attention to the difficulties encountered by local farmers regarding this “red gold”. Their protest took the form of a filter dam. Several trucks, particularly those from Morocco, were inspected for imported tomatoes. The identification of a truck carrying Moroccan cherry tomatoes angered the demonstrators, who proceeded to unload it on site.

Farmers warn that this action is only the beginning of a long series. They plan to continue their mobilization in supermarkets to check the presence of imported products. Their objective is to raise public awareness andMEPs » before the European elections scheduled for Sunday June 9, in the hope of bringing about measures that will protect national agriculture.


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