Representatives of agricultural producers are lobbying for government aid to help mitigate the damage to their crops from the frost and extreme weather of recent weeks. Tassos Yiapanis, general secretary of Panagrotikos agricultural producers’ organization, has stated that outdoor cultivations had suffered ‘total destruction’. The president of the House agriculture committee and district secretary of the Union of Cypriot Farmers, Yiannakis Gavriel, was heard saying the damage was irreparable.
These parties are calling for support through ‘simple measures’ such as a reduction in consumption tax on fuel and a ceiling on grain prices.
Androulla Georgiou, director for Agriculture at the ministry said that frost has taken a toll of potato cultivations, while vegetables and trees have suffered damage. Officials are out recording the damage, and the state will support the farmers, she added.
Gavriel attributed the hike in the price of potatoes, vegetables, and fruit to middlemen and not producers. “It is not right for consumers to pay more for certain foods, but for farmers not to be properly renumerated,” he added.