Com­pen­sa­tion pledged to gum tree farm­ers

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The govern­ment has pledged to com­pen­sate farm­ers whose crops and prop­er­ties were de­stroyed by Mon­day’s wildl­fire on the eastern Aegean is­land of Chios. Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Van­ge­lis Apos­tolou, who vis­ited the is­land yes­ter­day, said he will ex­pe­dite the ac­ti­va­tion of all avail­able emer­gency mea­sures to help farm­ers, par­tic­u­larly mas­tic gum tree cul­ti­va­tors . Over 90 per­cent of the mas­tic trees in the vil­lages of Lithi, Elata and Vessa were de­stroyed, while a large num­ber were also burned in the vil­lages of Mesta, Ar­mo­lia and Pyrgi. Mas­tic pro­duc­tion com­prises a ma­jor source of in­come for the south­ern part of the is­land. Apos­tolou said it will be dif­fi­cult to ac­ti­vate Euro­pean funds used in case of ad­verse cli­matic events, be­cause in or­der to re­ceive money the govern­ment must first prove that the is­land suf­fered dam­ages worth 30 per­cent of its GDP. In a seper­ate de­vel­op­ment, a 37-yearold man was re­manded yes­ter­day on ar­son charges after an Athens court found him re­spon­si­ble for 12 fires in June and July in the forested re­gion of Neok­tista in Aspropy­r­gos, west of Athens.

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