More than 1,000 farmers protested outside the government headquarters on Thursday, for approximately three hours, dissatisfied that their livestock subsidies are paid with delays and are lower than promised by the Agriculture Minister.
Cattle and sheep farmers came to the protest with cow bells, whistles and vuvuzelas and carried placards with slogans against the Agriculture Minister and the government.
Some of the protesters wore traditional shepherds’ clothes and footwear.
Agrostar Federation President Stefan Nicolae stated for Mediafax that people came from several counties to protest in Bucharest against the fact that the delays registered in the payment of the subsidy and the issues concerning the pasture lands’ situation and the elimination of the milk quota, against the backdrop of the crisis in the Arab countries, can lead to the shutting down of many sheep farms.
The trade union leader added that unless the government shows sympathy at least 10,000 farmers will come to protest in Bucharest after Easter.