Czech farmers preparing to hold protest ride in Prague

Hundreds of dissatisfied Czech farmers are preparing to join in the ongoing farmers’ protests around Europe against EU policy and the Green Deal.  According to the organizer of the protest, Zdeněk Jandejsek, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the agricultural holding Rabbit and former president of the Agrarian Chamber of the Czech Republic, close to a thousand tractors are expected to take part in the protest ride on Monday, February 19.

The protest is to be centred around Prague’s Malostranske square and may last for several days. Some agricultural organizations and the Czech Chamber of Agriculture have distanced themselves from the protest saying they want to negotiate with the government first. Like elsewhere in Europe, Czech farmers are protesting against falling sale prices, rising costs and heavy regulation.  Jandejsek said their main demand is that the government withdraw from the Green Deal, a Europe-wide agreement that aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.