Cash-strapped farmers in the central
county of Jarvamaa have resorted to paying
salaries with smoked sausage and ham, and farm workers are fed
up with the practice.
The regional newspaper Jarva Teataja reported that many farms,
part of collectives in the Soviet era that have since fallen on
hard times, have been unable to pay in cash since March, forcing
them to find alternative currencies such as pork products.
"Each month we are working at a 400,000 kroons ($26,300) loss.
If we get money at all, it goes to pay the
electricity, bank and
taxes," local cooperative chief Ulo Saluaar told the paper.