The Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, said today that a meeting between farmers, who are currently protesting across Serbia, and representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture is underway and that she is ready to meet again in Novi Sad with the farmers who put up roadblocks in that city.
“Regarding additional concessions, we have more ideas that will be presented by the Ministry of Agriculture. Yesterday, we fulfilled our promise, which is to lift the cooking oil export ban. We are ready to discuss together with the cooking oil producers to set the purchase price for sunflower at 535 dinars,” said Brnabić.
She also pointed out that the state cannot guarantee the price of sunflower or any other price to anyone.
“The only thing that can be done is to reduce the retail margin to ten percent. We offered 22 dinars of subsidies for fuel per hectare of farmland, and we can go up to 30 dinars,” said Brnabić.
She reminded that the budget for subsidies to farmers increased from 14 billion to 50 billion dinars in the last 12 years, but also the state budget is not a bottomless pit and the state must remain fiscally responsible.
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