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Parliamentary questions
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9 December 2019
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Emmanouil Fragkos
 Subject: Increasing cost of agricultural production

Greece has seen a sharp hike in the cost of agricultural cultivation and production over the last decade, i.e. during the extended economic crisis. In particular, the cost of purchasing agricultural supplies, pesticides and fertilisers has increased significantly, as has the cost of fuel for agricultural vehicles and machinery. There has also been a significant reduction in the wholesale prices of agricultural products, causing serious problems for farmers in Thessaly, Epirus, Macedonia, Thrace, Crete, the Peloponnese and elsewhere

Farmers across the Union are facing a similar, if less serious, predicament, and forecasts of a further increase in fuel tax and the cost of purchasing pesticides and fertilisers are creating further uncertainty and hampering the development of the primary sector in the EU.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

How much has the average cost of cultivation and agricultural production increased over the last decade in the EU, and for what reasons?

Is the cost of agricultural production expected to increase further in the EU in the next few years and for what reasons?

Will the EU take measures to reduce the cost of agricultural production and/or increase the wholesale prices of agricultural products? If so, what measures?

Original language of question: EL
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