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Farmers complain of 'most troubling situation since 1993'

Chairmen of regional agricultural and food chambers meeting on Tuesday, October 20, drew the attention of the Slovak government and parliament to the fact that the Slovak farming sector is facing its most complicated situation since the establishment of the Slovak Republic in 1993.

Chairmen of regional agricultural and food chambers meeting on Tuesday, October 20, drew the attention of the Slovak government and parliament to the fact that the Slovak farming sector is facing its most complicated situation since the establishment of the Slovak Republic in 1993.

They said that some parts of the government’s agricultural programme remain unfulfilled and that next year's state budget draft even curbs funding of direct payments to farmers and reduces the volume of state aid to the agricultural and food sector.

The chairmen complained that these measures were coming at the most unsuitable moment, as a key sector of the rural economy is trying to overcome the extremely serious impacts of a sales and financial crisis that poses an existential danger to them, Stanislav Nemec, the chairman of the Slovak Farm and Food Chamber, told the SITA newswire.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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