The displeasure of the farmers: full house and many emotions

An emotionally charged information event on the bylaws planned by the iphof town council on the right of first refusal for the wood meadows took place on thursday evening in the dornheim guardhouse. The bavarian farmers’ association (BBV) had invited the participants and there were not enough seats for everyone, although an additional row of tables had been set up. Two things that became clear this evening: farmers are in the majority against this bylaw and they are united against the new dung ordinance.

Which prompted iphofen’s mayor josef mend at the end of the event to appeal that this displeasure with state and federal politics should not be incorporated into municipal politics:" you can’t blame us for that". Mend recalled the origins of the consideration of a right of first refusal in the fall of 2013, when the city of iphofen made offers to landowners for exchange or sale in order to maintain the extensive management of the meadows "and some things came about".

Mayor can only understand planned bylaws to a limited extent

After that, the council considered various ways of protecting the wooded meadows from being sold off and thus preserving a valuable cultural landscape area, so that over the years the draft statutes were created. On the history of the meadows, the mayor recalled that the meadows were linked to the right of the house in a similar way to logging, which ultimately led to small-scale parcelling "since a meadow also belonged to the house," says plant manager reinhold taut.

The whole excitement about the planned statutes he could understand only limited "because nothing changes, as long as no one sells anything". It is obvious that there is not a lot of understanding when you talk about extensification and ecological cultivation, which is why the farmers had the opportunity to express their concerns and opinions until january 17. January to raise their concerns and objections. "There is no need to enact the bylaws, but it is about the possibility to achieve certain goals and if the resistance is well-founded, the city council will deal with it". The mayor decisively rejected the claim that the bylaws were only made in order to be able to designate building areas.

Discussion about the spreading of slurry

Winfried distler, head of the BBV district association in kitzingen, criticized the newspaper report, which mentioned the spreading of slurry on the meadows four times: "slurry disposal on the existing land does not take place, because the farmers are under state control and what is written in the newspaper and in the explanatory statement to the statutes is an impertinence". Distler described argumentation and language as "unacceptable, because farmers have a responsibility".

In the discussion round on this topic, urban forester rainer fell confirmed his statement "that there are flat areas that are blackened four times a year and the substrate from the biogas plant, which is spread in february and late autumn, the plants do not absorb". Mayor mend said it was a fact that manure was being spread on the meadows. E rejected distler’s statement about the slurry ban "because the bylaws clearly state that only limited slurry spreading is permitted".

Mayor asked for objective discussion

He saw this limitation as an advantage "so that coarse industrial farms from central franconia do not spread their fertilizer in our area". The mayor asked for objective discussion "as many decisions in the city council are made in favor of the farmers".

BBV-kreisobmann alois kraus asked to waive the statute and proposed a premium for farmers who manage the meadows extensively. The five-meter wide border along streams he called "expropriation". The same expression was used by some farmers to describe the new bylaw, and they criticized what they saw as insufficient information about the planned bylaw, which would also apply to the wooded meadows in the city’s suburbs.

The mayor called the allegation of lack of transparency false and recalled that the meetings are usually open "even those that dealt with the statutes". City councilor and farmer gerhard heubach warned that it was also a matter of rethinking for the long term. As long as everyone keeps his meadow, the planned statute is of no consequence, he said, commenting on further critical remarks by the farmers. "But it is not good if with the elections on 15 june, the farmers are not allowed to use their meadows. Marz is threatened".

Majority does not want bylaws

"I don’t understand the headwind, because the bylaws also provide some protection for farmers", auberte city councilman hans brummer. The answer of mayor mend to the last question of the evening, how the sale of a meadow, for example to an interested party from lower saxony, could be prevented, might have made some people think on the way home: "that is only possible with the right of first refusal.

I see that the vast majority does not want the statute, we will talk about it in the city council and also about whether we decide only on the wooded meadows in the iphof area and not on those in the city districts", said nuber.

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