Farmers from all over Greece have announced that they will proceed with new demonstrations on Monday, February 3.
It is estimated that farmers will set up roadblocks in several places across Athens-Thessaloniki highway, as well as in the road network of northern Greece. Farmers from Thessaly have announced that they will set up a roadblock outside the city of Larissa, central Greece.
On Monday, Farmers in Thessaloniki will demonstrate outside the Thessaloniki International Fair, where the 25th Agrotica International Exhibition will be carried out.
Greek farmers claim that they are fighting against high taxation, the increase in the VAT rate and in the production cost, which in turn force them to sell their products at lower prices.
During their last meeting with the Greek Minister of Rural Development and Food, Athanasios Tsaftaris, they said that the Hellenic Agricultural Insurance Organization (ELGA) must compensate them for the destruction caused to their products because of the bad weather. They also asked Tsaftaris to activate the de minimis rule of the EU for all the citrus producers.
The Greek farmers are determined to set up roadblocks across the country, using their tractors and other machinery in order to protest against the Greek government’s unfair policy and defend their rights.