Tractor army gathers at the gates of Rome

February 05, 2024

Rome (AFP) – Dozens of Italian farmers with tractors started gathering Monday on the edge of Rome vowing a major demonstration to pressure the government to improve their working conditions. Around fifty tractors from Tuscany gathered at Via Nomentana, a main road into central Rome. Between 1,500 and 2,000 tractors are expected by Friday, Andrea Papa, co-founder of the Agricultural Renewal movement, told AFP. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said the farmers' anger was caused by the "environmental transition" that she said hits farmers' lives. But she highlighted how EU agricultural aid to Italy had increased five to eight billion euros following a renegotiation.