EU Supports Ukrainian Nazis While Destroying Cypriot Farmers
August 19, 2014 • 7:35AM

While the European Union continues to support Ukrainian Nazis, it is doing nothing for the farmers whom Russian food embargo has threatened to wipe out. In Cyprus, where farmers face bankruptcy, the hatred against the EU has increased dramatically. There are calls for the government to buck the EU and cancel the sanctions so exports of food to Russia can continue. For citrus, the main export crop to Russia a solution has to be found by October when the crop is harvested, said Cooperative Growers Marketing Union head Andreas Christoforou. "That's the orange and grapefruit producers, which makes up for 30% of our citrus exports. Mandoras, our main product, are picked in January. If by then we don't have a solution, this year is wasted," Christoforou told the Cyprus Mail. Mandoras are a cross between mandarins and oranges, often mistaken for clementines.

Asked to comment on the government's proclaimed attempt to find alternative markets, Christoforou laughed.

"Other markets? Where? On Mars? We exhausted every market there is. We even went to China. There are no other markets. Do we really think that other member states haven't thought about that? Of course they did. And they are going to flood the markets with their products, forcing us to sell at ridiculous prices. Finding alternative markets isn't an option. It's the government's wishful thinking." Christoforou estimates that at least 2,500 families will be affected by the food embargo, losing their main, possibly their only source of income. "And I'm not taking into consideration the 1,500 workers in packaging factories or the seasonal workers. It's a domino effect and it will hurt us all in the end."

Andreas Papaetis, 80, one of the biggest mandora farmers on the island, says that he's just had about enough. "I planted every single one of my trees and if this goes on I will uproot them all myself," he said, pointing out that even in the last two years, farmers were barely scraping by. "From the one hand we are plagued by the drought and now this comes along. The farming sector is in a tough spot and many of my fellow farmers are either uprooting their trees or dropping out of farming all together. If we lose the Russian market, it will be the end of us."