Farm­ers’ union says it will protest against tax rises

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One of the coun­try’smain farm­ing unions, the Pan­hel­lenic Farm­ers’ Ini­tia­tive, said yesterday that its mem­bers will launch protests in the com­ing days against the gov­ern­ment’s tax­a­tion plans. The an­nounce­ment was made af­ter union lead­ers met with Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Vangelis Apos­tolou. Another union, the Pan­hel­lenic Co­or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee for Farm­ers and Live­stock Breed­ers, said it would wait un­til the gov­ern­ment has fi­nal­ized its plans be­fore de­cid­ing what ac­tion to take. The head of the Pan­hel­lenic Farm­ers’ Ini­tia­tive, Theodoros Pa­pa­con­stanti­nou, said that mem­bers would take their trac­tors out onto the road to protest planned tax in­creases for the agri­cul­tural sec­tor. “The gov­ern­ment is stick­ing to the plan it agreed with the lenders, which has no growth po­ten­tial for farm­ers,” said the head of the group, which rep­re­sents 63 farm­ing as­so­ci­a­tions.

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