RTS: Government, farmers reach agreement on price of sunflower

NEWS 16.08.2022 19:51
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Source: N1/Milan Nikić

The Serbian Government and farmers, who have been protesting across the country for eight days, reached an agreement Tuesday which should end the road blockades, representatives of the Government and farmers confirmed for the Serbian state TV (RTS).

The Government reached an agreement with the Stig Association from the city of Pozarevac and with the South Banat group of citizens, said the RTS.

Under the final agreement, initialed by the Serbian Government, the buy-up price for sunflower seeds will be 73 Dinars per kilo (1 Euro – 118 Dinars) and will be paid to the farmers by October 15 this year.

Under the same agreement, middleman margins will be limited to a maximum of 2.60 Dinars, while the cost of transporting the goods from the place of purchase to the oil mills will be borne by the oil mills.

Regarding fuel, farmers will be given a 20 Dinar lower price per liter of fuel, for up to 50 liters per hectare, while milk subsidies for one quarter of 2022 will be increased to 15 Dinars.

In addition, farmers have been granted a 12-month moratorium on loans, and the Government also undertook the obligation to include livestock farmers in the process of creating measures in the livestock sector.

Government representatives told the RTS that they are satisfied with the outcome of the negotiations and that they were glad that Stig and South Banat associations showed a high degree of tolerance, understanding and solidarity, having in mind the difficult week ahead of Serbia as well as that they understood how important it is for Serbia to preserve peace and stability in the country.

The two sides agreed to in future work together on improving the working conditions of farmers and that situations like this one will be prevented by means of regular communication and meetings.

Farmers have been protesting across Serbia for eight days. Following the Monday round of negotiations they continued blocking roads in Novi Sad, Subotica, Sombor and Pancevo on Tuesday. Farmers from Sumadija set off on tractors to Belgrade on Tuesday.