Farm­ers to con­tem­plate next move in tax dis­pute

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Protest­ing farm­ers are due to gather in cen­tral Greece to­mor­row to de­cide on what ac­tion to take next af­ter their at­tempts to con­vince the government to grant them sub­stan­tial con­ces­sions reached a dead end.

Any slim chances of the two sides reach­ing a deal af­ter planned tax hikes prompted ire in the farm­ing sec­tor ap­peared to fade yes­ter­day when Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Athana­sios Tsaf­taris re­fused to meet with farm­ers from Ser­res in Mace­do­nia, choos­ing in­stead to hold talks with other farm­ers from north­ern Greece.

“This was a ter­ri­ble mis­take by the min­is­ter, which we at­tribute to his in­ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Pav­los Ara­batzis, the head of a farm­ing union in Ser­res.

Farm­ers from the north will head to Nikaia in cen­tral Greece to­mor­row to dis­cuss what fur­ther ac­tion to take. “We are not rul­ing any­thing out,” said Ara­batzis.

The government has of­fered some con­ces­sions to farm­ers, in­clud­ing cheaper night­time elec­tric­ity rates, but the agri­cul­tur­al­ists com­plained that they have not been given de­tails of the pro­posed charges.

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