Compensations for Romanian farmers affected by drought. The European Commission gives approval

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Farmers affected by drought will receive financial support. The European Commission allowed the executive to grant compensations to farmers that registered substantial losses due of the climate, stiri.tvr.ro informs.
The government may grant up to RON 400 per hectare for legal persons and RON 200 per hectare for natural persons.
In Mehedinti County, corn and sunflower on 70,000 hectares have been compromised at a rate of 60%. Now, the representatives of Agricultural Departments assess the level of damage. The data will reach the Ministry of Agriculture, which will determine what financial support will be granted to the farmers.
Farmers say that the damage caused by drought this year in the county of Mehedinti exceed EUR 40 million.

The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan presented last week to the EU Agriculture Ministers the details of the EUR 500 million support package announced last week to support European farmers.
Thus, all 28 EU Member States will receive substantial aid worth EUR420 million in total, allocated in a fair, targeted and effective way to address problems in the dairy and pig meat sectors, while allowing Member States maximum flexibility in targeting the aid, a press release informs.
Out of the total budget, Romania will receive EUR 11.1 million, as well as Denmark, but less than the Czech Republic (EUR 11.2 million), Lithuania (EUR 12.6 million) and Ireland (EUR 13.7 million). The biggest benefits will be granted to farmers in Germany, EUR 69.2 million and the least to Malta’s farmers – EUR 100,000.
“This is a comprehensive, decisive and robust support package. It is a significant statement of support by the Commission for European agriculture. It reflects in a very concrete way the comment of President Juncker in his State of the Union speech last week, when he described himself as a strong supporter of the CAP”, said Hogan.

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