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Activists held imitation scythes and pitchforks and brandished placards reading “No to destroying the village” and “Authorities! Grow at least a bag of grain and find out its price.”

The protest came after the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade posted a draft law on its website proposing an extension to export duties on grain export, which farmers blame for causing a drop in prices that has hit producers hard.

Despite boasting of a bumper grain harvest that could exceed 50 million metric tons, the government has kept restrictions in place to limit exports of wheat, barley and corn, and could now extend and expand them to soybeans, sunflower oil and rapeseed.

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