Farmers dump dairy goods in protest action

Farmers from northern Greece demonstrated in Thessaloniki yesterday, voicing demands for an increase in government aid as they gave away dairy products to passers-by. The producers gathered at around midday in the northern Greek city and handed out milk and yogurt products to dozens of people, most of them elderly citizens. Among their financial demands is an increase in compensation to make up for losses caused by low rainfall this year and subsidies to help cover the rising cost of animal feed. They also called on the government to intervene and help them secure higher selling prices for products that are sold on to large dairy corporations. ‘Prices are very low for producers and very high for consumers,’ said one farmer.