The new farm subsidy schemes are designed to increase twice as high the number of beneficiary farmers in the sector of fresh vegetables.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dhimo Kote, told ATA that overall four up to five thousand farmers countrywide will benefit in the sector of vegetables.

The new subsidy scheme for this year is more viable and extends financial support throughout the production cycle, ranging from greenhouses, saplings, collection points, produce certification and marketing.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture went on saying: We aim to extend subsidizing throughout the production cycle, in every single link of the chain, up to the sale of the product.

In the vegetable sector, this year the govt. will subsidize EUR 8mln for farmers who build new greenhouses spanning 60 hectares, plastic greenhouses spanning 60 hectares, and for 100 hectares of land planted with local saplings, the govt. will subsidize half of the exported output’s value.

The farmers who invest in storage, collection and certification centres of products will also have priority.

Roughly EUR 2.5 mln will be subsidized for the construction of warehouses at collection points and EUR 10 mln for certification of agricultural products.

In addition to vegetables, one of the main components of the subsidy scheme this year will be fruit growing, crops and livestock.

“Farmers will benefit from ALL 2 to 3 mln per hectare of land planted with crops such as: chestnuts, cherries, walnuts, citrus in the south, grape vines and olive-trees. While in the livestock sector, the financial support will be mainly concentrated on food safety, “said Deputy Minister.

For each born and registered lamb, the farmers will receive ALL 5,00 and ALL 2 000 for each born calf. All the stages from production to collection in dairy farms will be subsidized by the state, including the dairy farms with over ten cows, Kote says.

By orienting the benefits towards smaller farms, this time the subsidy scheme is designed to formalize agriculture.

The farmer has become aware that agriculture and animal farming cannot move ahead unless they are formalized, so they cannot qualify for state subsidies unless they are identified. This is the reason we have worked on the registration, because it is very important to know where the staples come from, it is important to know the certificate of origin.

For the first time, this year the farmers apply for subsidy with zero workload at the new centres “Agropika” which have been set up in 20 regions across the country.

The govt. has approved the new agricultural subsidy scheme with a fund of EUR 20 mln, which is twice as high as last year./Source ATA