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German farmers drove their tractors into Bonn on Monday to hold a protest outside the Agriculture Ministry against the imposition of regulations on the sector.


“There has to be an end to the excessive flood of official requirements,” the President of the Rhineland Agricultural Association, Bernhard Conzen, said as hundreds of farmers gathered in the western city.


He called for environmentally sustainable agriculture to be structured “with mutual understanding for what is necessary and what is achievable,” otherwise family farms would not be able to survive.


Organisers put the number of farmers joining the protest at 1,000, with demonstrators coming mainly from western regions.


The farmers are calling for changes to the Mercosur free trade agreement reached this year between the EU and the South American trade bloc.


Regulations on the use of fertiliser and manure are another issue.


Agriculture Ministry Secretary of State Hermann Onko Aeikens is expected to hold talks with the farmers’ representatives.


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Edited by Fatima Sule/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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