AGRICULTURE ECONOMY

Gov’t spokesman Barbu: 56 million lei to be earmarked for state aid in the livestock sector in 2018

The Government has approved through a decision the allotment of 56 million lei for covering the state aid in the livestock sector for this year, spokesman for the Executive Nelu Barbu announced on Thursday.

“(…) A decision to simplify things in respect to the allotment of the state aid to support farmers in the livestock sector. It will be allotted a certain amount to cover for the state aid for this year to be worth around 56 million lei, out of which 27 million will be for cattle, bubaline, swine and equine, and 29 million lei for sheep and goats,” Nelu Barbu told a press conference held at the Victoria Governmental Palace.

The same normative act stipulates that the “producer certificate that needs to be attached to the payment request will temporarily be replaced with a record issued by the specialized apparatus of the town hall where the request had initially been submitted, confirming the fact a request for having the producer certificate released does exist.”

“There have been a few changes in the norms starting with January 1 and in such cases where the town halls did not receive the producer certificates they have now this possibility of just issuing a certificate,” Barbu explained.

The government’s spokesman specified that, at the same meeting, the government also adopted an emergency ordinance referring to “certain modifications that were brought to the legislation regulating the payment schemes in agriculture.”

“This emergency ordinance, through these modifications, refers to the single requests for payment in 2018, which were submitted starting with March 1. Which is why this is urgent, for this must be regulated in order to simplify the system. One one hand, we have the simplification of the norms applicable to measures for greening and growing flexibility in applying coupled support, in the sense that this application can be revised annually until August 1, with an impact on next year,” added Nelu Barbu.

According to the same source, the same GEO also introduces the possibility of “increasing the value of the payments for young farmers, from 25 up to 50 per cent of the value per hectare of the single payment scheme per surface.”

“The percentage is about to be established by Government decision. And another matter is the facilitation of payments for the young farmers for a full period of five years, in case they didn’t ask for immediate support after establishment,” specified Barbu.

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