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Agriculture submits to public information the aid of 193.4 million to the sectors most affected by the war

MADRID, 18 (EUROPE PRESS)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will begin tomorrow, April 19, the process of hearing and public information of the draft of the royal decree that will regulate the process of granting the fund of 193.47 million euros of exceptional aid for certain agricultural sectors and farmers as an urgent response to alleviate their delicate situation as a result of the effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The project, for reasons of urgency, will be subject to public information for a period of 7 days, until April 26 inclusive.

The aid is provided for in the national response plan to the economic and social consequences of the war in Ukraine and will be financed with 64.49 million euros from European funds and 128.98 million from the Ministry.

After the analysis of the most affected sectors carried out by the department led by Luis Planas together with the autonomous communities, professional agricultural organizations and agri-food cooperatives, the aid will go to producers of beef, sheep and goat meat, chickens, rabbits and citrus fruits .

Of the total amount, it is proposed to allocate up to 110 million to the beef sector, a maximum of 31.7 million to the sheep and goat sector, 38.7 million to the citrus sector and 10 and 3 million to chicken and rabbit, respectively.

This aid package complements the 169 million euros that the Government will allocate to producers of cow, sheep and goat milk, which will be paid in the coming days.

The aid is based on the provisions of Royal Decree-Law 6/2022, whose article 33 provides for the granting of exceptional direct aid to certain agricultural sectors, in accordance with the provisions of Delegated Regulation 2022/467 of the European Commission, of 23 March 2022.

In the case of the aforementioned livestock sectors, the war in Ukraine has aggravated the situation that they were already going through in recent months, characterized by a sustained increase in production costs derived from the increase in the prices of raw materials for animal feed and energy and fuels.

On the other hand, the Ministry has indicated that citrus is a sector with a high consumption of inputs, especially energy, fertilizers and phytosanitary products, whose costs have increased in recent months.

Agriculture has remarked that the competitiveness of the sector has been affected by the war, due to diversions of productions from third countries that were usually destined for Russia, Ukraine or Belarus, towards the community market. These changes in trade flows put downward pressure on the prices of Spanish citrus fruits.

Ceilings for animals and eligible hectares will be established and, consequently, maximum aid per farm, as well as maximum unit amounts per animal or hectare.

The management, processing and payment of the aid will correspond to the competent bodies of the autonomous communities, and very simplified application and granting procedures are planned, so that the aid will be granted to all beef, sheep and goat and citrus producers who meet some basic requirements, and that they have submitted in 2022 the single application for the Common Agricultural Policy (PAC), provided for in Royal Decree 1075/2014. The autonomous community of the Canary Islands will establish the corresponding procedure to serve its producers.

For these same purposes, the information contained in the applications for CAP aid corresponding to 2021 will be used, and the information held by the autonomous communities to determine both the eligible animals and hectares, as well as compliance with the environmental conditions required by the community regulation.

In the case of producers of chicken and rabbit meat, since not all of the above information is available, a simplified management procedure is established based on the most up-to-date data declared by the farmers in the General Registry of Livestock Farms (REGA ).

Similarly, a procedure is established for citrus producers who have not submitted the single application, based on the most up-to-date data declared by farmers in the General Registry of Agricultural Production (REGEPA).

The corresponding funds will be transferred by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to the autonomous communities. Payments to producers will be made before September 30, 2022.