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Greek Cereal Farmers Join Border Blockade

21 January 2010

GREECE - Greek cotton farmers and cereal producers have blocked crossings with Bulgaria and Macedonia to protest against the low price being offered for their goods.

Traffic has been halted between Greece and Bulgaria amid discontent at the lack of financial subsidy available to farmers from the Greek government.

The protests are having a widespread impact on businesses' freight to and from other European countries, which is stranded on both sides of the border.

Speaking to the Financial Times, a spokesperson for the cotton and cereal producers in central Greece underlined the immediacy of the financial issues affecting farmers.

He said: "We have a series of issues with the government that are in urgent need of settlement.

"These range from unpaid European Union subsidies to the lack of a national strategy to make farming profitable again."

Greece is coming under increasing pressure from EU chiefs to stabilise the country's economy.

This protest follows action taken by farmers last year in a bid to raise awareness of their need for better financial support.

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