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Farmers participate in tractor protests about pollution plans

Farmers get together before heading for protest. Photo: Rob Enherer ANP

On Wednesday afternoon, farmers gathered in several parts of the Netherlands to protest the government’s plans to tackle nitrogen-compound pollution threatening to drive them out of their lands.

Hundreds of farmers and their supporters have gathered in Mavierd near the Parliament building in The Hague, with other demonstrations in Zubole, Assen, Arnhem and Denbosch.

Farmers’ protests in December 2019 caused a great deal of disruption to the road, but this time the organizers said they would avoid installing blockades.

“We’re not going to break windows or set things on fire,” campaign leader farmer Rutger van Lier told broadcaster NOS. “We are farmers, not destroyers. We are doing this for our families and businesses.

Earlier this week, the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency said the stricter measures needed to control nitrogen-based pollution “will have a significant impact on most of the Dutch agricultural sector.”

In particular, Gerderland, Brabant and Overysel, where livestock is concentrated, will “transform”, officials said.

Last week, it was revealed that only half of the pig farmers who first chose the government’s takeover plan left the industry.

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Farmers participate in tractor protests about pollution plans

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