Farmers threaten, state caves in

  • 2003-05-22
  • Steven Paulikas
VILNIUSRelations between the government and farmers are on the brink of a crisis, as leaders threaten potentially harmful protests in spite of a recent government promise to substantially increase agricultural subsidies.As late as May 20, representatives from farmers' unions were vowing to demonstrate at border crossings with Latvia and Poland and block major traffic thoroughfares such as the Via Baltica.Tensions began to mount in early April, when the government set the official price of milk at a low 0.35 litas (0.1 euro) per kilogram, prompting leaders in the agricultural community to de...
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