Bulgaria Pays 37 Mln Euro in State Subsidies to Tobacco Producers

Bulgaria Pays 37 Mln Euro in State Subsidies to Tobacco Producers

The Bulgarian government paid on Tuesday 73 million levs ($49.8 million/37.3 million euro) in state subsidies to local tobacco producers in line with an agreement reached last spring.

"I know that tobacco is the only occupation in the region. [...] until we find another solution for you, we have no other option but to strictly honour our commitments to the sector," a government press release quoted prime minister Boiko Borisov as saying at an official ceremony giving a symbolic check to the president of the National Association of Tobacco Producers, Tsvetan Filev.

The funds have already been transferred to the farmers' accounts, the agriculture ministry said in a statement published on its website.

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