Cyprus Mail

Farmers postpone planned protest

Farmers on Saturday postponed a planned protest for Monday after Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis promised to meet with them after next week’s budget debate.
They had planned to split Nicosia down the middle on Monday as a sign of protest for not yet receiving their due subsidies.
The farmers said many of them could not even afford to pay utilities and that they would not allow a fellow farmer to spend Christmas penniless.
They were going to protest with their tractors from the presidential palace down to the Finance ministry and from parliament to the agriculture ministry, effectively splitting the capital.
Apart from the due subsidy, which Kouyalis promised would be paid immediately, the farmers also want compensation for losses from drought, exemption from direct payment of VAT and exemption from the taxation of agricultural land.

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