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Potato farmers in Cyprus will take action if state does not support them

Following the rise in prices that has been at the centre of disputes and protests all over Cyprus in recent weeks, potato farmers said on Thursday they will also take action if the state does not intervene to support them.

As Jonathan Shkurko reports for Cyprus Mail, three men have been arrested following Wednesday’s protests by livestock breeders who lit fires and poured milk on the road outside the presidential palace.

A day after the turmoil, potato farmers said that the increase in production and export costs added to the already substantial damage caused by the extreme weather conditions on the island throughout the winter months.

“We cannot make ends meet,” the president of the Pancyprian Organisation of Potato Producers Andreas Karios told the Cyprus Mail. Regarding exports, which he said account for around 80 per cent of the entire potato production on the island, he said that potential increased prices would translate into cancelled orders from other countries.

Source: Cyprus Mail. Read the full story here
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