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Low prices a difficulty for Greek potato producers

Στα «αζήτητα» οι ελληνικές πατάτες - Κεντρική Εικόνα/VideoGreek potato producers, who have the capacity to grow the crop almost all year round thanks to the country’s favourable climatic conditions, are suffering the impact of low incomes due to the introduction of cheap products from third countries, which combined with the fall in demand, is resulting in stifling conditions. The vice president of the Agricultural Cooperative Kalamata, Giorgos Douvas, spoke to about the current pressures on the Greek product, which have become particularly intense with the growing increase in the imports from third countries such as Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, etc. “We have held talks with representatives of the Ministry and some progress has been made towards the protection of the domestic production and distribution. Imports are out of control and are pushing domestic prices down. A trader in Athens can sell 1,000 bags of Egyptian potatoes a day, while we cannot allocate 5% of our production.” More

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