OPINION

Our young, cultivated agronomists

The recent blockades by farmers that had paralyzed the country for well over a week have drawn attention to another pressing matter in the country’s agricultural sector. Young farmers who are not waiting around for handouts or the usual pre-election bonuses need to be supported by the state. There are a number of such young and well-educated farmers, professional agrarians who have made a conscious decision to work the land and have also adapted to the new demands of the sector, who have modern ideas, good work ethics and, most importantly, the drive to work hard. One of the things the Greek state could do to assist these contemporary enlightened agriculturalists is give them access to better information and know-how, as well as help them cultivate and organize their businesses. The Greek countryside will only continue to thrive if those farmers who are not afraid of a bit of hard work are given the ammunition that will allow them to break out of the vicious cycle of subsidies, unionism and roadblocks.