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Agriculture minister slams budget

Agriculture Minister Miroslav Jureňa (HZDS) is crying foul over the draft state budget, saying Finance Minister Ján Počiatek (Smer) reduced funds for the agriculture sector and accusing him of sabotage.

But according to the budget draft, the agricultural sector will get 12 percent more from the state next year, the Sme daily wrote on August 20.

The Agriculture Ministry, however, is not satisfied because farmers will not get the highest possible amount of direct payments. Last year, Prime Minister Robert Fico made a concession and gave farmers the maximum amount, so they want more again this year, the SITA newswire reported.

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