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Vincent Boland: Farmers are their own worst enemies but must not be ignored

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Place du Luxembourg during Belgian Farmers' Protest in Brussels earlier this month. Picture: Getty

The world’s biggest annual showcase for the farming industry – the Salon Internationale de l’Agriculture – begins in Paris on February 24. The week-long event attracts more than half a million visitors and is one of the highlights of the social year in France, Europe’s largest producer of food and agricultural products.

The event has been held since 1870 and is a mix of the National Ploughing Championship and a big country show, except it ...