Swiss farmers took their tractors to Geneva this Saturday to protest against rising costs and low prices for their products, joining a movement that has spread across Europe.
About 30 tractors parked in a square in the center of Switzerland’s second-largest city, with signs reading “Our end will be your hunger.”
“My concern is that agriculture will cease to exist in Switzerland,” said Lionel Dugerdil, winemaker and farmer from Satigny.
In the Basel region, farmers and their around 40 tractors also took part in protests.
Farmer protests have broken out in several European countries, a sign of dissatisfaction with low product prices, rising costs, cheap imports and restrictions imposed by the EU’s effort to combat climate change.
“Our problems are above all economic problems,” said Rudi Berli, president of the Geneva Uniterre Farmers’ Union. Berli said Switzerland’s two main distributors dictate the prices that are paid to farmers who, in turn, demand more transparency in the market.
According to Berli, protesters are asking parliament for measures that allow farmers to negotiate more fairly with buyers of agricultural products.
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