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Greek traders charging more ‘Cyprus’ potatoes

Potatoes being picked in Cyprus' red villages

Some traders in Greece dip potatoes into red mud and sell them more expensively as Cypriot produce, Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis claimed on Tuesday.

The minister told the House agriculture committee that he would discuss this with his Greek counterpart Stavros Arachovitis, who will be on the island on Wednesday.

“Due to the excellent quality of Cypriot potatoes and in particular those of the red soil, this product achieves high prices on the market. Especially in the Greek market, Cypriot potatoes are highly priced because of their quality,” Kadis said after the committee meeting.

It has been observed, he said, that in some cases, merchants dip potatoes not produced in Cyprus into mud which contains red soil and they are then sold as Cypriot produce.

He said he has already discussed this practice with the previous Greek agriculture minister but that he will bring it up again during his meeting with Arachovitis, as “cooperation between the two countries is necessary to tackle this problem.”

Agricultural associations have also been invited to the meeting, he said, to tell the Greek minister their experience concerning this matter.

This is a very important matter, he said, “as it affects the image of a very important agricultural product of Cyprus, such as the red soil potato.”

Kadis said that some reports have already been filed.

The aim, he said, is a cooperation between the two countries to clamp down on this practice.

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