Farmers win victory over biofuel use

Several hundred farmers demonstrated in front of the lower house of parliament on Thursday for greater use of biofuels in petrol and diesel. A law boosting biofuels’ share in both was vetoed two weeks ago by President Václav Klaus. In the aftermath, farmers complained they would suffer heavy losses and would not be able to grow rape and other biofuel crops on around 70,000 hectares earmarked for them. Deputies in the lower house voted to overturn the presidential veto on Thursday. That means the proportion of biofuel in petrol will rise in June from 3.5 percent to 4.1 percent and in diesel from 4.5 percent to 6.0 percent.

Author: Chris Johnstone