Farmers Agree on Maximum EU Agriculture Subsidies of EUR 300,000
Representatives of Bulgarian agricultural organizations and the Ministry of Agriculture discussed the priorities for the next six-year EU programming period, Tuesday.
The subsidy distribution by sector should be presented in Brussels by July 31, Bulgarian National Radio informs.
Dimitar Zorov, co-chair of the National Cattle Breeders Union told the national radio that the organizations have reached a consensus for the first time.
“All 31 professional organizations in the sector have agreed on the new agricultural policy regarding direct payments and have submitted it to the Ministry. We insist that the maximum subsidies should not exceed EUR 300,000. It is important to emphasize that the calculation of the maximum subsidy will not include wages, insurances and taxes,” Zorov said.
The National Grain Producer Association (NGPA) has confirmed the information provided by Zorov. The Association has often been accused of getting the lion's share of European subsidies. Its members have, however, demanded that the state revokes the promised EUR 1,250 for small farms because the decision is not economically justified.
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Because if farmers start to depend on subsidies they will be easier to manipulate -so if for example the EU wants Bulgaria to stop being able to support its own population and pay top dollar for imports it can force the farmers to grow the crops other countries want, by threatening to withdraw the subsidy if they refuse - a bit like what has happened in many other countries laready
This is a subject that has always caused me concern.
Is not a FARMER a SELF EMPLOYED PERSON ?
If so why as a self employed person does a farmed get subsidised to make a living ?
If i am a SELF employed ELECTRICIAN, PLUMBER, CARPENTER , I am responsible to make my own living ,if no one calls to give me a job i make no money , so why then are SELF EMPLOYED FARMERS SUBSIDISED?
What makes them different to me they have chosen to enter into farming as their livelihood but they are given money from the government and the EU ,is it not then that the SELF EMPLOYED who are not in farming are being discriminated against and should they not also be subsidised?
To me if you chose to do a form of work and can not make money to live then find another form of work but do not expect to be GIVEN MONEY at the cost of the tax payers .