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Farmers Protest Against Delayed Subsidies

12 May 2010

ROMANIA - More than 1,000 Romanian farmers have protested outside government headquarters in Bucharest to demand agricultural subsidies.

Many parked their tractors in the streets and wielded their spades as union leaders lambasted government agriculture policies, the Associated Press reported.

The farmers have said European Union subsidies to finance fuel and local grants for irrigation have been delayed, putting their livelihoods at risk.

One producer told the news provider that he cannot afford the 500 lei (£101) a month in water bills for his corn crops.

The main crops grown in Romania are corn and wheat, which occupy around two-thirds of the country's arable land.

Output has risen with the increased use of fertilisers and other plant-protecting chemicals as well as the expansion of land for farming through irrigation and drainage developments.

Grains are the staple peasant diet in the country, with other crops grown including sunflowers, soybeans, sugar beets and corn silage.

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