European Commission Proposes Crisis Support for Sustainable Farmers
The European Commission wants to help farmers and farms burdened by the high prices of energy, fertilizers and animal feed with a total of 1.4 billion euros.
It proposes to Member States to grant one-off crisis compensation of up to EUR 15,000 per farmer or EUR 100,000 for smaller companies. They must be sustainable.
“Farmers continue to prove their worth by producing food under difficult conditions,” said EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski. “After the Covid-19 pandemic, they are now being hit hard by the fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. For some, survival is at stake.”
There are conditions attached to the payment. The farmers and companies that want to be eligible must demonstrate that the high prices actually affect them. Moreover, the money is only available to farmers and companies that work sustainably, for example in the circular economy or with environmentally and climate-friendly production methods.
The money comes from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), from which each EU country can release up to 5% of its budget for 2021-2022. The aid must be paid to farmers before October 2023. Member States and the European Parliament still have to agree to the proposal. In March, Brussels already released 500 million euros in aid for green farmers.