Israelis Give More Than NIS 4 Billion a Year in Subsidies to Farmers

The 4 Billion NIS (almost 113 Billion USD) subsidies given to Israeli agricultural business every year has distorted the market and harmed the interests of consumers. High barriers to import for agricultural commodities have pushed domestic prices far above international levels and resulted in high market prices. For instance, average tariffs in the dairy sector are up to 108% to 160%. Notably most of the benefits goes into the pocket of government and big agricultural businesses not the poor.??Click here