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Greek government promises to instill transparency in cotton sector
2005-01-26 06:24:23 XinhuaEnglish

í@ ATHENS, Jan. 25(Xinhuanet)-- Greek Agricultural Development and Foodstuffs Minister Evangelos Basiakos on Tuesday announced a total of 17,500 cases of irregularities in the cotton growing sector, after completion of a series of intensified inspections made by ministry agencies over the last few weeks.

In an announcement to the press, Basiakos said irregularities covered unregiste
red fields, or fields that have registered for more than one cultivation, excessive cotton production.

Basiakos said the return of money to eligible cotton growers would total 11 cents per kilo.

The Greek minister also said payment of returned subsidies would be accelerated, while he reiterated the ministry's determination for transparency in the cotton management system andpayment of EU subsidies to growers.

Meanwhile, groups of local farmers are expected to decide on Tuesday whether they will start mobilizations.

Hundreds of tractors have line up along national roads in Thessaly and Macedonia, causing only minor traffic problems so far.

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