Farmer's Voice

New protests of the Bulgarian tobacco growers due to subsidy rates

Bulgarian tobacco growers will hold protest rallies on April 24th and 25th to oppose the government's decision to pay a subsidy of 3.00 leva (US$ 2.12) per kg for oriental tobacco, but just 2.04 leva (US$ 1.44) for other varieties.

The dissenting farmers said the Movement for Rights and Freedoms pushed for the new subsidy rates, which, they claimed, favor a small group of growers.

Coming ahead of the EU parliamentary elections, the decision appears to be aimed at gathering electoral support from families in regions with ethnically mixed populations, the farmers said. There are 120,000 oriental tobacco growers in the country (Novinite 4/21).