Czech Farmers to Protest on the Czech-Austrian Border

22. März 2007, 00:00

Czech farmers will not block the Czech-Austrian border crossing in Dolni Dvoriste as it was decided earlier but will...

Czech farmers will not block the Czech-Austrian border crossing in Dolni Dvoriste as it was decided earlier but will still stage a protest there in support of the local meat producers, Agricultural Chamber president Jan Veleba said.
 
Some 200 farmers will gather join the demonstration, he added.

The annual losses of local farmers have soared to CZK 2.4 billion over the past year due to the surge in pork imports from Austria.

The latest company to start bulk imports of foreign meat is retailer Interspar. In a simultaneous move, it halted the sales of domestic meat in half of its outlets. This is the tangible reason for farmers to choose to protest on the Austrian border.

The leading local retailers Ahold and Tesco also import part of their meat.

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