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Smashing produce on road, farmers block highways over planned agriculture reform

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29.07.2021

Hundreds of farmers blocked key junctions and roads across the country Thursday as they stepped up protests against a planned government reform of the agriculture industry that they say will destroy their livelihoods.

At some of the protests, demonstrators tossed produce onto the roads, including hundreds of eggs.

The farmers have support among some coalition Knesset members who are reportedly working to resolve disputes over the plan, which aims to ease the import of fresh produce and cancel quotas that were part of the regulation system for the local market in Israel.

Protests were held at Goma, Meggido, Kabri, Hefer, Bilu, Gilat, Petza’el, En Yahav Junction, and Haroeh junctions.

All roads were opened after about an hour of demonstrations.

The reform was announced earlier this month by Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman and Agriculture Minister Oded Forer, both of the Yisrael Beytenu party, who said the intention is to reduce too-high prices for consumers.

מחאת החקלאים ברחבי הארץ: חקלאים משליכים ביצים בהפגנה בצומת הגומא ברמת הגולן. אתמול פוצצו החקלאים פגישת מו"מ בנוגע לרפורמת הייבוא@rubih67 pic.twitter.com/d5AWTNzlP7

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It was slammed by farmers who insisted it was suppliers and supermarkets that were driving up costs to consumers.

The bill is scheduled to be included in the Arrangements Law, an integral part of Israel’s annual budget plan.

Coalition members from the Yesh Atid, Meretz, Labor, and Blue and White parties were all working to resolve the issues, the Globes website reported.

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