The head of Norway's Farmers' Union Nils Bjørke told VG that the plan had always been to stop the the blockade before May 17, a that they farmers were not calling off the blockade because of popular opposition.
"The plan was to stop at noon today," he said. "We have had a lot of support from people. They want to give Norwegian food a future. Farmers who have been with the actions have received supportive text messages."
According to Norway's Dagbladet on Thursday, the Farmers' Union was pushing its members to bulk buy eggs in shops and blockade the entrances to egg packing facilities in an determined effort to create a national egg crisis.
But Bjørke on Friday told VG that the publicity had already been enough to get farmers' point across.