Farmers expressed dissatisfaction with the decision to raise annual rental fees for livestock pens and farms.
08 January 2023, 12:00 AM
31 January 2023, 12:00 AM
Farmer Faisal Al-Dammak expressed the farmers’ disappointment with the decision to raise annual rental fees for livestock pens and farms, noting that, “Linking production to subsidies is a crime against the farmers”, reports Al-Rai daily.
This comes after the news that the pressures farmers get exposed to and the heavy losses as a result of the lack of support, and the lack of marketing outlets for Kuwaiti agricultural products which is comparable in quality to the best imported products, in addition to the absence of anyone to protect the local product from exploitation.
In a press statement, Al-Dammak said, “There is confusion between the concept of an agricultural plot and an agricultural tenure inside it. The body that determines which farm is more productive than others is the Board of Directors of the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) according to a field inspection, and not by a decision of a minister.
Production cannot be linked to subsidies for several reasons, the most important of which is that there are products that do not have support, such as the cultivation of fodder, sidr, canary, dates and leafy greens.
Some do not need the authority’s support either because they are financially capable or have contracts with companies to which they supply their products. The subsidy is linked by selling in the premises, which do not offer the appropriate price.