Today, Friday, it was announced the establishment of a regional coordination of farmers and free sailors in the state of Jendouba as a representative of farmers seeking to correct the course of the regional union of agriculture and fishing in the region and as a victory for farmers and to defend their rights, according to what was confirmed by the attendees at a meeting organized today in one of the special spaces to elect the coordination office.
The attendees also emphasized that the resurrection of this coordination aims to implement the farmers’ perceptions and proposals in support of a free national economy capable of securing the food needs of Tunisians, creating alternatives that reduce dependency, and completing the resurrection of regional coordinations in all states of the republic, and putting an end to the use of union structures as an electoral stockpile.
The meeting was organized in the presence of Adly Shahad and one of the executive officers, and the presidency of the coordination was transferred to Hassan Al-Obaidi, the general writing of Manji Al-Zaydi, and Al-Amin Abidi was chosen as rapporteur, and Lotfi Al-Jamazi as a member of the National Coordination Office, and each of Abdul Razzaq Obeidi, Jalal Al-Tuwaihri, Mahdi Al-Tarkani, Adel Al-Sakhri, and Muhammad Al-Nasser Raggi, Youssef Al-Sudairy, Izz Al-Din Boubaker, Olfa Al-Mahmoudi, Youssef Al-Sudairi, Abdel-Qader Atef, Khalil Al-Maaroufi, and Mahmoud Al-Hanashi as members.
The head of the coordination, Hassan Al-Obeidi, considered that the farmers of Jendouba state are seeking to correct the path of the union and correct its compass, based on the implementation of the outcomes of the civil appeal judgment issued by the Court of Appeal in the region, which nullified the work of the conference held on January 23, 2018, according to which the National Executive Office set up an illegal body that manages this The structure is far from the worries of the peasants.
For his part, the head of the National Coordination of Agriculture and Free Sailors of the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fishing, Fakhri Torgoman, said in a statement to “Watt” that the establishment of the Jendouba Coordination comes in the context of the work of the National Coordination of Agriculture and Free Sailors, which was established in October of the previous year, and to complete the coordinations. As a serious effort by the peasant public to correct the course of the union, which has recorded during recent years serious deviations, based on its exclusion of farmers, its fusion in known political action for the benefit of a particular political party, and its employment to serve special interests, amid a denial of the history of this venerable organization that contributed to the independence of Tunisia.
He added that the union, in addition to its social and economic role, represented throughout its history a strength of proposal, but today, with its central and regional leadership, it is making documented efforts to conclude agreements with companies supplying meat, feed and seeds, which has caused the bankruptcy of some local companies as well as contracting with advertising companies for agricultural materials. Imported instead of searching for local alternatives and valuing them.
He described the economic situation as frightening through the rise in the prices of basic materials, and the farmer’s inability to keep pace with new developments, which necessitates the creation of corrective structures that play their role in defending their perspectives and production systems. In response to an accusation that the establishment of the regional coordination was supported by the President of the Republic, Qais Saeed, Heikal Al-Torgoman denied this accusation, considering that what prompted the establishment of these coordinations was jealousy over the sector and the farmers’ shouldering of their real and historical responsibilities within the framework of independence from all political factions.
The Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fishing and its regional structures had announced at the beginning of this month the preparations to hold sectoral and union conferences in preparation for the convening of its national conference, amid accusations of not respecting the deadlines stipulated in the internal system and employing it for the benefit of a well-known political party and its requirement that the candidates obtain a double recommendation approved by the structures Regional and Central Union.