Bulgaria’s Agriculture Fund Pays BGN 703 000 to Farmers Affected by Russian Embargo

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | June 30, 2015, Tuesday // 12:32
Bulgaria: Bulgaria’s Agriculture Fund Pays BGN 703 000 to Farmers Affected by Russian Embargo Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s State Fund Agriculture (SFA) has paid nearly BGN 703 000 to a total of 66 farmers affected by the Russian import ban on certain agricultural and food products.

The funding is provided entirely by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and is paid under the two extraordinary schemes introduced by the European Commission at the end of 2014 to permanently restore the balance on the market in fruit and vegetables in the EU.

Farmers from the districts of Blagoevgrad, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Dobrich, Kardzhali, Pleven, Plovdiv, Razgrad, Sofia-district, Stara Zagora, Haskovo, and Shumen received aid for the losses incurred due to the Russian embargo on Western food imports.

The compensation is paid for nearly 4 tonnes of mushrooms, tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, gherkins, pears, carrots, nectarines, peaches, peppers, plums and apples.

Farmers whose applications have already been approved by the European Commission will receive aid under the two extraordinary schemes, “non-harvesting” and “market withdrawal.”

In order to receive aid under the two measures, Bulgarian agricultural producers also need to have completed the required procedures at the local units of the SFA and the SFA Paying Agency.

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Tags: State Fund Agriculture, SFA, agricultural producers, European Agricultural Guarantee Fund, Russian embargo, food imports

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