Yesterday, President Nicos Anastasiades promised Cypriot potato farmers that the government would support them. The president was in Xylofagou to open a new citizens service centre in the Famagusta district village. Local farmers had brought their tractors in advance to protest.
When asked by journalists, about the issues being faced by the farmers due to high cost of fertiliser and fuel, the president said: “It is not only potato producers, but because I am in the region and of course I have a special sensitivity… we are always and will remain on the side of the agricultural world. Therefore, we will soon be at the presidential palace to see what it is that we can contribute to. We have never been indifferent to the problems faced by our rural compatriots.”
The potato farmers have been demanding a meeting with the president, saying they can no longer continue planting due to the high cost.