What's New ? - 2021

What's New ? - 2021

Israeli farmers protest over produce import reform

4 August, 2021

Thousands of Israeli farmers took to the streets, using tractors and other farming equipment to block major thoroughfares in protest of proposed produce importation reforms. The farmers argue that the planned agriculture reforms, which would ease caps on importation of foreign produce, will financially devastate the Israeli agriculture industry. The farmers arrived at junctions on tractors and other heavy equipment, and threw eggs and produce on the roads in anger. 
The reforms aim to recognize European standards on fruits and vegetables, create more competition in the industries, and cancel egg quotas that are part of the regulation system for the local market in Israel. 
The reform, however, also includes compensation in the form of a support package consisting, among other things, of direct financial support for each farmer. It also offers expanded tax benefits to encourage capital investment and an investment of over NIS 2 billion for raising productivity in the agriculture industry.