Samaras sees less subsidy-reliant farming sector in Greece

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras says his government wants to put an end to subsidies for formers and make Greece’s agricultural sector less reliant on the state.

Speaking during a visit to the Agricultural Development Ministry, Samaras said it was time for Greece to focus on the future of its farming.

However, he also announced that farmers would be receiving this week about 1 billion euros in subsidies that they have been owed for several months.

The ministry has granted 243 small plots of land to first-time farmers and is processing another 4,000 applications so land can be made available at low rates.

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