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Surprise for customers of Colruyt stores on Tuesday: a message was stuck on the shopping carts, “four times the market price”

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Activists pasted messages denouncing these practices on the shopping carts of around fifty stores in Belgium and farmers gathered with their tractors in front of the sign in Ath.

The organizations denounce a “land grabbing” by Colruyt. Based on a survey published by the Apache news site, they point out that the group has acquired more than 175 hectares of agricultural and pasture land in recent years through Colim, its real estate company, and that it “carefully avoids leases on the farm by putting in place contracts whose conditions we do not know”.

This is a “harmful strategy” for farmers and food sovereignty, say agricultural unions. “I wanted to buy land that I was already farming but Colruyt offered the owner four times the market price”, illustrates Nicolas, farmer in Hainaut and member of the Fugea board of directors. “Impossible for me to line up.”

Last April, around 150 Flemish and Walloon farmers had already demonstrated in Hal against the supermarket chain.

Colruyt reacted by stating that the company was buying land with the intention of leaving it dedicated to agriculture. “When land is sold on the real estate market, it is often allocated to another use. Farmland remains farmland: that is our intention.”