The European Commission has presented a package of new measures aimed at increasing the availability of forage resources for livestock, one of the main challenges facing farmers following a recent drought across the Continent.
This package complements the measures already announced by the Commission in early August, according to Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan saying, “The Commission has responded to the first signals of these extreme weather events and I continue to monitor the situation closely. I am in contact with the ministers of the countries to assess the needs and measures already in place.
Hogan also added that additional measures are being put into place that will provide further relief to European farmers facing feed shortages for their animals and that recent announcements by several of the Member States in support of the agricultural sector were a positive step towards bolstering Europe’s struggling farming industry.
A proposal for higher advanced payments, which was announced earlier this summer, has now been formally presented and will allow farmers to receive up to 70% of their direct payment, and 85% of payments classified as part of rural development, by mid-October instead of having to wait until December to improve their cash flow.
Existing rules allow for up to 80% of financial aid to be provided for damage caused by drought, or up to 90% in rural areas, can be provided under certain specific conditions. Up to €15,000 in compensation can be granted to each farmer without notifying the Commission for a three-year period.