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Tobacco subsidies will increase, Minister Nikolovski says

Tobacco subsidies will increase, Minister Nikolovski says

Skopje, 13 February 2018 (MIA) - Starting from the 2017 yield, subsidies for tobacco farmers will increase for every kilogram of tobacco they hand over, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy Ljupco Nikolovski said Tuesday.

It is foreseen by the 2018 decree on direct payments, passed today by the government. Under the decree, tobacco farmers will get 80 denars per kilogram for first-class tobacco, 70 denars per kilogram for second-class tobacco and 60 denars per kilogram for third- and fourth-class tobacco.

"With this, we want to stimulate tobacco farmers not only to boost production, but also to focus on growing tobacco with better quality in order to get a higher subsidy," Nikolovski told a news conference.

According to him, future policies improving tobacco production include not only growing tobacco subsidies but also changes to the law on tobacco and related products, mostly aimed at cutting down administrative procedures.

"23,000 households in Macedonia earn their own living by growing tobacco and subsidies estimated over EUR 100 million will be allocated," the Minister noted.

The government, Nikolovski said, is designing its tobacco farming policies in compliance with all international standards. The government will accept the remark of the World Health Institution to grow less tobacco, the Minister said adding that a project was being developed with IPA funds to re-adapt tobacco growing agricultural land into a field for growing other agricultural produces. ba/16:24

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