Farmers’ organizations in the Netherlands have threatened to hold additional protests in reaction to advice from the govt’s mediator, who has advocated for the forced transfer of farming enterprises and the confiscation of up to 600 farms regarded to be the biggest nitrogen emitters.
Farmers Defence Force chairman Mark Van den Oever warned this week that Dutch farmers will go to the streets once more after the government stated its intention to embrace the proposal provided by former prime minister’s deputy Johan Remkes to fulfill the European Union’s nitrogen regulations.
Remkes, who has recently been serving as the leading mediator between farmers’ groups and the government in the ongoing nitrogen emissions dispute, outlined a strategy last week that would result in farms near protected areas forcibly moved, as well as a scheme for the government to control as many as 600 farms that emit the most nitrogen.
In response to the plan, Van den Oever stated that it was “totally wrong” and added that the farmers of the country would “give the good old-fashioned gas again, count on it” – a reference to the summer tractor demonstrations.
Farmers Defence Force chief says ministers have neglected farmers’ concerns and that Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s globalist administration “imposes way too much on companies.”
The decision to transfer farms has infuriated the organization, with spokeswoman Sieta van Keimpema calling it a “red line” for farmers.
In defense of his suggestions, Remkes stated last week that the European Union’s environmental agenda will “lock up the Netherlands since it will be lawfully nearly impossible to issue permits. No, not for houses, farms, or roads.”.
“I write this with a great sadness,” he stated, adding, “I don’t anticipate the agricultural industry to be pleased with this report.”
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced his plan to slash nitrogen emission levels from livestock farms in half by 2030 in order to meet goals set by the European Union’s Natura 2000 plan, which requires all EU member states to remove industry or agriculture from locations of ecological importance.
According to the government, in order to fulfill EU standards, certain farms may have to reduce emissions by up to 95%, and up to 30% of all animal farms may be permanently closed down.
Following the launch of the project, hundreds of farmers protested around the country, using tractors to block highways and other key infrastructure, and farmers dumping dung, tyres, and hay on roadways to defy the green agenda.
Vlaardingerbroek went on to say that the government’s desire to confiscate farmland was motivated more by the migrant problem than by the supposed climate crisis, noting that the govt. wants the land to accommodate migrants. While not yet widespread, the province of Flevoland has purchased land in Noordoostpolder to create an asylum processing center on the grounds of a former farmstead.
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