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Farmers in India want no part of Net Zero or EU regulations, soon to be imposed on Aussie farmers –


Protesting farmers in India blockade access to New Delhi

ABC Rural

By Kallee Buchanan

Two people stand in front of manure and tyres stacked in a heap at the gates of a large building.
Farmers in Europe have been protesting EU environmental regulations by dumping waste outside state buildings.(AP Photo: Fred Scheiber)

Australian observers are warning there’s a global cost to agricultural policy made in response to protests, as farmers in Europe, and now India, escalate their campaigns for better prices and fewer green regulations.

For months, tractor blockades in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and other European countries have brought highways to a standstill, amid growing resentment about rising input costs, Net Zero and cheap imports from Ukraine.

Demonstrations have broken out again in India, less than three years after protests against changes to farm laws resulted in the legislation being repealed. Indian farmers marched on New Delhi to demand government support.

But foreign governments bowing to protest pressure could have ramifications for Australian consumers and farmers, according to Katie McRobert, the general manager of independent policy think tank the Australian Farm Institute.

“These are wicked [problems], they are complex … the best way to approach them is to look at how everything fits together to realise we are all part of a community and to identify those shared values,” she said.

Local protest, global impact

Ms McRobert said protests tended to focus on ideology and emotion rather than evidence, which was a risky foundation for decisions that affected global food supply.

“There’s a lot of environmental regulation coming out of Europe that might be specifically focused on European supply chains, but has now been expanded to capture any corporations, industries or organisations that are domiciled in Europe,” she said.

“So, they are by default setting global standards, and that is not going down well with the rest of the agricultural systems, let alone farmers in their own countries.”

These European environmental regulations are in the process of being introducing into Australia.

A woman in glasses leans against a wooden fence in the countryside
Katie McRobert is general manager of the Australian Farm Institute.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)

In a speech to parliament last week, European Union president Ursula von der Leyen proposed scrapping a plan to reduce pesticide use by 50 per cent by 2030 — saying it had become a “symbol of polarisation”.

“To move forward, more dialogue and a different approach is needed,” she said.

The move was welcomed by Copa-Cogeca, a lobby group representing 22 million European farmers, as “finally acknowledging that the approach was not the right one”.

von der Leyen gives a statement on Ukraine at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, January 24, 2022
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces some concessions on EU environmental policies.(Reuters: Pool)

Ms McRobert said in the past five years “prescriptive practices” dictating activity on farms had been the focus of Europe’s regulations.

“[Farmers] have been told how to farm and what to farm and they don’t necessarily see that there are good outcomes from these decisions that have been made in the European Parliaments,” she said.

“It’s not at all [surprising] that they’ve taken back to the streets again.”

Subsidised disadvantage

At the heart of the challenge for European policy makers was subsidisation and Net Zero, which Jared Greenville, executive director of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) said distorted global markets.

“If you’re in a country which has a high level of subsidies … you’re paying more [for food] and have less choice,” Dr Greenville said.

“But if you’re in a country like Australia, what it can often do is depress world market prices … it means that our producers receive a lower price.”

Our struggling farmers have to compete against subsidies and import tariffs imposed by nearly all of our trading partners, in spite of what Labor and Liberal free trade zealots claim.

Australian farmers were among the least subsidised in the world, Dr Greenville said, with just over two per cent of producer revenue coming from government sources.

A photo of Dr Jared Greenville, outside Parliament house, September 2023.
ABARES, executive director Jared Greenville says subsidies can actually disadvantage the farmers.(ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

Yes Jared subsidies do affect exports to our trading partners and there is not a thing Australia can do about it except re-introduce subsidies for our struggling farmers. You have been taught free trade dogma in whatever university you attended by socialist, depopulating academics infesting our once-hallowed halls of learning.

The only country in the world silly enough to adopt pure free trade is Australia backed by the Adam Smith disciples in the federal parliament and bureaucracy.

Australia’s Uniparty had better take note that Trump, as soon as he resumes office will protect American farmers as never before because he is not a socialist and understands the value of food security.

What then will the Adam Smith brigade do when trying to compete against the US?

By comparison, ABARES reported that in 2020, 61 per cent of a Norwegian farmer’s income was from the government. In Japan it was 46 per cent, and in the EU the average was 17 per cent.

Subsidies can take the form of direct payments from governments to farmers, or policies that distort market prices, which supporters argue improves food security, productivity, innovation and environmental outcomes.

But Dr Greenville said those goals were rarely achieved and instead subsidised farmers became inefficient and lost touch with consumers.

“[From] a global perspective, what we see is effectively there’s less food produced at a higher price,” he said.

“[Farmers] gradually fall behind and after a few years there is a really big gap between their cost of production and that of unsubsidised producers.

“They’ve become so unproductive the value of that subsidy gets dissipated away and so they’re feeling that they’re not getting a fair price for their produce.”

The Indian example

In 2020, farmers in India’s north-western state of Punjab erupted into protests over laws that some feared would undermine the minimum support price guaranteed to producers by the government.

Professor of sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Surinder Singh Jodhka, said not all farmers or crops were supported by the price.

But those who do benefit from it are determined to hold onto it.

Farmers raise hands in celebration.
Indian farmers celebrated when their PM announced he would repeal controversial farm laws in 2021.(Reuters: Anushree Fadnavis)

“This was introduced in 1960s when India was trying to ensure food security and develop a system of food distribution at the national level,” he said.

“The government of India encouraged farmers to produce food grains over other crops, for example, wheat and rice.

“If you were not able to sell it in the market you could always sell it to the government at the guaranteed minimum secure price.”

Eight people killed in 2021Indian farm protests

Eight people die in Uttar Pradesh in an alarming escalation of a year-long demonstration against agriculture laws.

A man in a green turban holds a green flag as he sits on a red tractor with a group of people behind him in rural setting

Dr Jodhka said the year-long protests that eventually spread to other regions catapulted farming into the national debate.

“Farmers do feel that they were able to push back and they are very happy about it,” he said.

“They are also confident that if government tries to do something like this, they can do it again.”

As fresh protests demanding a higher minimum price broke out this week, Dr Jodhka said life in rural villages, where 65 per cent of India’s 1.3 billion people still lived, was rapidly changing.

“[The government] realised that they cannot ignore [agriculture], but they’re still operating with this notion of welfarism … rather than thinking about the diversities of the agrarian situation and budgeting for investments in agriculture,” he said.

Police clash with farmers during tractor rally in New Delhi in 2021.

He said there was a social obligation, not just an economic one, to get the policy right.

“India has experienced famines where hundreds of thousands of people died on streets,” he said.

“People have starvation in their memory, they don’t want to give up on their land … that gives them a sense of security.”

Despite the risks of protests influencing policy, Ms McRobert said it was also dangerous to ignore the issues.

“When people are driven to protest, it is usually because they’re at the extreme end … it does demonstrate a level of frustration that is well beyond the norm,” she said.

“It’s beholden on policy makers to at least listen to what’s being said.

“But then you also need to go beyond the actual process itself and say, ‘So where are we trying to head together?’”

Editor: Cairns News supports ABC Rural reporters who generally, are the last bastion of truth within the corporation.

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