Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More than 1,000 Romanian farmers protest lack of subsidies, demand access to EU funds

By The Associated Press (CP)

BUCHAREST, Romania — More than 1,000 Romanian farmers have protested in Bucharest to demand government subsidies.

Wielding wooden spades and parking their tractors outside government headquarters, the farmers yelled "Resign, resign!"

Union leaders lambasted government agricultural policies.

The farmers say European Union subsidies to finance fuel, and local water subsidies for irrigation, have been delayed.

Farmer Dudulea Stan said he cannot afford 500 lei ($160) a month in water bills for his corn and flower crops.

Romania must make sweeping cuts in public sector wages and pensions to meet an International Monetary Fund budget deficit target. The IMF has revised Romania's forecast for economic growth this year to between zero and minus 0.5 per cent

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