Rice farmers from Kocani protest against the low prices they are being offered for the harvest

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Rice farmers from Kocani blocked the road west to Skopje in protest against the low prices offered for their harvest and the increase in prices for the essentials needed to maintain their fields.

The rice sells for 15 to 18 denars – and even lower as whole-traders are trying to extract more subsidies from the Government. Farmers demand a ban on imports of foreign rice and a guaranteed price for the domestic product.