TRF – Young EU farmers struggle as Russian sanctions bite

CAMPOSANTO, Italy, Sept 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The neat rows of manicured trees seem a world away from the barricades of eastern Ukraine, but political tensions between the European Union and Russia are reverberating in Fabio Lambertini’s pear farm in the tranquil Italian countryside.

“There is a lot of fear,” said Lambertini, 25, at his family’s farmhouse sitting on the breezy, open plains of Modena. “We are seeing a decrease in prices.”

In August, Russia declared a one-year embargo on meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the European Union, the United States and other Western nations in retaliation for economic sanctions over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

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