Thursday, April 26, 2012

Roadblock continues

NOVI SAD - The disgruntled farmers will continue to block major routes in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and central Serbia until further notice, as their demands for receiving subsidies per hectare have not been met, Tanjug learned on Wednesday evening from representative of farmers Zoran Lambeta. He underlined that dissatisfied farmers will block the road 24/7 until an agreement with competent authorities is reached. Lambeta said that during Wednesday's talks with Serbian Parliament Speaker Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic, who is currently serving as acting president of the Republic of Serbia, yielded no agreement that would make protests stop. Djukic-Dejanovic called on the disgruntled farmers to lift the blockade, underlining that the problems will be addressed by the next government. On Wednesday, a part of dissatisfied farmers in Vojvodina and central Serbia blocked regional and local roads, but the Ministry of Agriculture released that there will be no return to the previous regime of subsidies. The disgruntled farmers demand that they receive subsidies per hectare and not per output unit, while the relevant ministry stated that would imply the annulment of all agricultural provisions delivered in 2012, and return of the already granted subsidies. <

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