OPINION

Reckless promises

There is no doubt that taxes, pension contributions, the price of fuel for farmers and other related issues are politically sensitive and that a succession of governments have avoided tackling them.

That said, it is inconceivable that just 3.5 billion euros is declared when the value of Greek agricultural production has been estimated at 10.5 billion euros a year by the Agricultural Development Ministry.

At a time when the country has nowhere to go but forward, we would expect Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to avoid making ambitious promises to lighten the tax burden on farmers – measures that would essentially keep the socially unjust privileges of the sector right where they are.

Unfortunately, it appears that Tsipras has learned nothing from the many lofty promises he made at the Thessaloniki International Fair last year that could not be fulfilled.