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Potato farmers from Cyprus will take action if government does not support them
Potato farmers from Cyprus will take action if government 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 that they will also take action if the government does not intervene to support them.

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.

Andreas Karios the president of the Pancyprian Organization of Potato Producers:
 
"We cannot make ends meet. A kilogram of potatoes now costs around EUR 1.20 (about USD 1.29), already up from EUR 0.80 (about USD 0.86), which was the average price in 2021."

"We should really be selling potatoes for EUR 1.50 (about USD 1.61) per kilogram, considering our current struggles, but then our sales would massively decrease, people would not be able to buy them."
Andreas Karios:
 
"Should this trend continue, we will be forced to limit planting new potato crops in the next months, which will have a knock-on effect in the years to come. The constant increasing prices of fuel and fertilizers have completely changed the plans for potato farmers in Cyprus."

"As a result, some of them have either reduced their production goals or even stopped planting new crops, as they are aware they will face heavy financial losses in the near future."
Although some potato farmers were compensated by the state for the damage they suffered as a result of last winter’s severe weather bout, Karios said the support does not cover the situation they are facing at the moment.

Andreas Karios:
 
"We are seeking extra help from the government, as we are already stretched after our efforts to save our crops in the winter."
He then said that, should they not have a reply from the government soon, potato farmers will strongly consider larger protests, such as the ones carried out by livestock breeders.
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