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in Cyprus Today – 23/4/2011

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Food and drink prices will soar – importers warn food and drink prices will increase by up to 90% thanks to new taxation. Imported cheese is likely to rise by 30-40% along with imported water, coffee and potatoes. The ban of imported olive oil is also expected to push up oil prices. The Cyprus Turkish Food Imported Union president responded by wondering why products which the TRNC cannot produce are taxed and argues that more people will shop in the south taking business away from the North’s shopkeepers. This rise will also impact prices in restaurants and hotels and therefore tourism

Potatoes back in demandEditor: amazingly a deal has been struck to export potatoes to Turkey so that the only potatoes in the shop might be expensive imports!

Dairy exports on course for $150mEditor: what, all the cheap cheese going abroad?

Flour shipment delight – the first shipment of flour to North Cyprus since 1974 arrived because the government have allowed imports for the first time. Editor: because they’re now going to put a high tax on it?

Good deal for furniture firmsEditor: you’ve guessed it, furniture is now being allowed to be exported leaving only expensive imports here!

Top dogs prepare to impress judges – rescued pets ready to go on parade at annual KAR event. This year’s show is being held on Sunday 24th April at Girne’s Wednesday Market site from 9am.

Letters – cheap airline tickets to TRNC? Yeah right! Two return tickets from Manchester to Ercan leaving on 26th May cost £1,136 whereas a cruise round the Med during the same period is £1270 for two. Editor: try a package holiday though Travel Zoo, you can pick up flights plus hotel for less than £300 each. It looks like the travel agents bought up all the cheap tickets.

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