So far, eleven peasant organizations have pledged that they will be present this Friday at the conversation with a delegation from the cabinet led by Johan Remkes. A spokesperson for Remkes says this when asked.
Remkes has invited around twenty farmer organizations to the first conversation that should ultimately lead to a way out of the nitrogen crisis. Exactly which eleven clubs have pledged is not clear, but it is certain that the advocates of sustainable farmers, such as Caring Farmers and Biohuis, will join.
From the regular agricultural sector, it is only known that LTO Netherlands has accepted the invitation, after a call from Prime Minister Rutte with foreman Sjaak van der Tak. More activist organizations such as Farmers Defence Force and Agractie have said they are consulting each other tonight about their position. So far, they have felt little for a conversation led by Remkes.
Cabinet commitments first
Agractie did call the interlocutor on Monday. Afterwards, foreman Kemp announced that he wants commitments from the cabinet and that he will only consider whether a substantive discussion makes sense once the cabinet has responded to those requirements.
At the meeting Friday, Prime Minister Rutte, Minister Van der Wal (Nature and Nitrogen) and Minister Staghouwer (Agriculture) will be present on behalf of the cabinet. Where the conversation will take place is kept secret beforehand, to avoid blockages by tractors and other actions.
Other organizations later
After the conversation with the farmer organizations, discussions with around ten farmers will follow in the afternoon. According to Remkes spokesperson, these are farmers who have recently appeared in the media with striking points of view and ideas.
At a later stage, Remkes also planned rounds of discussions with other organizations dealing with the nitrogen problem, such as animal feed producers, slaughterhouses, environmental and nature organizations and municipalities and provinces.