The largest farm association in Germany, the Deutscher Bauernverband (DBV), is set to hold a ‘week of action’ next week to protest against proposed budget measures by the government. These measures include the cutting of tax reliefs for agricultural diesel and the annual vehicle tax. The DBV, along with other farmer organizations in Germany’s states and a group called LsV (Land Creates Connection), is calling for a week of action beginning on January 8. The protests will involve demonstrations and actions across the country, with the aim of converging on Berlin on January 15.
The DBV stated that the support from the public is crucial and needs to be strengthened further. The group is urging the government to reconsider its plans, emphasizing the importance of agricultural diesel and vehicle tax exemptions for the future viability of the industry and domestic food production. However, the DBV also wants to avoid disruptive blockades and radical actions during the demonstrations.
DBV President Joachim Rukwied expressed his opposition to the proposed measures in his New Year’s message to DBV members. He described the removal of agricultural diesel refunds and tax exemptions for agricultural and forestry vehicles as completely unacceptable. Rukwied highlighted the already challenging times faced by farming families and stressed the importance of urgent political action to address these concerns. He also emphasized the industry’s role as an essential cornerstone of prosperity and stability, calling for the plans to be taken off the table.
The DBV’s week of action, starting on January 8, will be followed by another rally in Berlin. The association aims to continue its resistance in the new year, rallying support from both within the industry and society as a whole. The DBV is committed to defending the interests of farming families and ensuring the stability of the agricultural sector in uncertain times.