Greece: Organic farming abandoned by the government
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The Greek opposition party Pasok has complained about the government abandoning agriculture as it is destined to be. A parliamentary interrogation has recently been held by 47 members of Pasok, which has called for a response from Sotiris Hatzigakis, the Minister for Agricultural Development and Food.
The opposition has complained about the total disinterest of the government in organic agriculture revealed by the fact that subsidues do not include organic products. Also, the farmland dedicated to organic agriculture has overall been reduced by 39.5 %. Pasok has also asked for explanations regarding the reasons that have led to abandon the National Plan for Organic Farming which includes doubling the subsidies for organic production and creating a national certifying body and the National Organic Farming Council.
The document of Pasok has also stated that consumers' doubts about the authenticity and quality of Greek organic products have increased and that the government is making it difficult for the industry to distribute the products at an affordable price.
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