One of our readers from a cry for help on behalf of our farm boys and girls. “We want to become farmers in a humane way, we don’t want to be thrown to the wolves!”
NAfter the Second World War, first the EEC and later the EU were founded with the main goal: ‘Never more war and never more hunger’. To understand all this, we may have to go back to the beginning of the 20th century.
Our grandparents, who were farmers, soon had to deal with the First World War. They had to leave their farm and often fled to France with a large offspring. When they returned after the war in the years 1920-1922, they found only rubble, bomb craters and new forests that had arisen because no one had been able to sow and harvest during the war.
In the first years, they usually only had a barrack as accommodation. With a lot of manual labor and some horse power, they try to make the fields usable again and they cultivated the bushes to make fertile soil again. Their food came from their own garden and sometimes they could slaughter a pig. The heating took place with the wood that came from the cultivated bushes in the stove. But they continued to work to feed the population.
Ups and downs
In the 1930s, they experienced the greatest economic crisis of the century. In the years 40-45 they knew the Second World War. It was again a time of poverty and hunger, the time when people needed coupons to get food. After the war, farmers also experienced years of very poor prices in the 1950s.
Due to the advent of tractors and further mechanization, we saw a revival of agriculture.
In the early 1970s we again experienced very poor agricultural prices. This explained the massive demonstration on 23 March 1971 in Brussels. After this, agriculture got new blood again thanks to the modernization that took place on many farms. The dairy sector, the pig sector and the poultry sector also experienced tremendous growth. It also benefited an entire industry: the construction sector, the machinery sector, the manufacturing industry and much more.
The tide began to turn in the 1980s, with the importation of quotas, including milk. The drop in production did not lead to higher sales prices, as we had imagined at the time.
On January 1, 1996, we knew of the entry into force of the first fertilizer action plan (MAP 1). Despite the fact that the farmers followed everything closely, they have experienced that even after MAP 2, MAP 3, MAP 4, MAP 5 and MAP 6, the green hunger will never be satisfied.
Rockets to the hearts of farmers
It is very clear that all power currently lies with N-VA and the party’s green lung. We have the PAS file, the MAP file and now the lease file, which Prime Minister Jan Jambon is so happy about. In the back of their minds, they don’t think about what I wrote above and what their ancestors did for them. Poverty and famine are far from their bed, they think.
At the moment, Minister Demir is firing heavy missiles straight into the farmer’s heart. When you see how much damage Putin’s missiles are doing to the buildings in Kiev, you know what the farmer’s heart looks like right now.
Now Mrs. Demir says that the agricultural organizations must first make their own proposal and this within 2 months, otherwise her MAP 7 will come into force! Do Mrs. Demir and the supporters of N-VA really think that the farmer will first dig his own grave and then let it be known that the well is ready so that the green boys of the Demir cabinet can immediately throw the farmers in and cover them with a layer of soil for planting of trees and bushes???
If you oblige the peasants to dig that well, it will not be for themselves, but remember, if a dog is tired, it will bite. Perhaps Mrs. Demir and her N-VA will fall into the deep well themselves!!
I have written this on behalf of the many young sons of farmers who would love to carry on the profession of their father, mother, grandfather, grandmother with the noble hope of providing mankind with sufficient, wholesome and affordable food from our own region. Long live the peasantry!