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Cyprus’ President meets with potato farmers, promises support

President Nicos Anastasiades promised potato farmers on Wednesday that the government would support them and they should be “absolutely sure of that”. The president was in Xylofagou to open a new citizens service centre in the Famagusta district village and local farmers had brought their tractors in advance to protest.

As Jean Christou reports for Cyprus Mail, Anastasiades was met by a group of the farmers when he arrived and spoke with them, saying he was “always at their side”.

The potato farmers have been demanding a meeting with the president, saying they can no longer continue planting due to the high costs involved.

“Potato farmers have no money to subsidise the product since the cost cannot be passed on to the consumer,” they said. “Farmers can no longer afford to work,” president of the organising committee of potato farmers Andreas Karyos said.

Source: Cyprus Mail. Full story here
Photo: Farmers gathered their tractors in Xylofagou ahead of the president’s visit (CNA)

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