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EU agricultural policy reforms create opposition between farmers in Bulgaria

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The discussion in Brussels on setting a limit to agricultural subsidies has created opposition between Bulgarian farmers. Grain producers have threatened to protest with tractors in front of the ministry of agriculture if the caretaker minister supported the reform. If he did not support it, stockbreeders would protest with their animals.

Reducing payments to 60,000 euros and setting a limit of 100,000 euros per farm are being discussed in the European Agriculture and Fisheries Council. According to Bulgarian grain producers cultivating more than 500 hectares each, this is unacceptable and would cause damage to the sector. However, stockbreeders call for the introduction of limits as according to statistics, 8% of Bulgarian grain producers collect 80% of EU subsidies.

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