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Fires: The KYA for state aid – 2,021,679 euros to beneficiaries of the P.E. Rhodes for damage to plant capital – 2024-03-28 02:48:54

The framework for the support of agricultural holdings that suffered damage to plant means of production from last summer’s fires, mainly in Evros, Rhodes and Thessaly, provides for a Joint Ministerial Decision of the Ministries of Finance, Rural Development and Climate Crisis & Civil Protection.

According to the KYA, which was published on Wednesday, an advance payment of 50% of the state aid is provided to the main occupation farmers and non-main occupation farmers, who suffered losses in plant means of production, such as olive trees or vines, from the fires of the period of July, August and September of 2023.

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Through the process of state aid, the total of the advances that will be paid to 905 beneficiaries by profession for the damage to olive trees and other tree crops amounts to 10.42 million euros and concerns tree crops (olive trees and other trees), vines and aromatic plants.

In addition, the total of the advances that will be paid to 1,204 beneficiary non-professional farmers for the damage to olive trees and other tree crops amounts to 5.25 million euros. In total, within the next few days, 15.67 million euros will be paid through ELGA to more than 2,100 beneficiaries, whose plant capital was damaged by the fires of the summer of 2023.

Amounts per region
(a) 261,109 euros to beneficiaries of the Region of Attica,

(b) 286,405 euros to beneficiaries of the Regional Unity of Achaia,

(c) 1,835,111 to beneficiaries of the Regional Unit of Boeotia,

(d) 7,383,468 euros to beneficiaries of the Regional Unity of Evros,

(e) 294,613 euros to beneficiaries of the Regional Unity of Evia,

(g) 99,041 euros to beneficiaries of the Regional Unity of Corfu,

(h) 21,438 euros to beneficiaries of the Regional Unity of Corinth,

(i) 3,068,100 euros to beneficiaries of the Regional Unit of Magnesia and Sporades,

(j) 394,109 euros to beneficiaries of the Rhodope Regional Unit, and

(k) 2,021,679 euros to beneficiaries of the Regional Unity of Rhodes.

Advance payments per acre
It should be noted that the advance payment is equal to 50% of the final percentage of the eligible subsidy, which has been set at a maximum of 70% of the final assessment of the damage, which is the percentage of the subsidy paid to businesses affected by last summer’s fires in the context of state aid. Especially for non-occupational farmers the advance payment is half of the advance payment for occupational farmers.

In particular, for farmers by their main profession, the amount of the advance that will be granted within the next few days, amounts to 1,225 euros per hectare for vine and tree crops in a free planting pattern, to the amount of 1,750 euros per hectare for tree crops densely planted crops (palmettes) and at 700 euros per hectare for aromatic plants.

According to the current process, the grant is for 70% of the initially estimated loss, which translates – at the end of the process – up to 3,500 euros per hectare for densely planted tree crops (palmets) damaged by the fire, depending with the severity of the damage. “The government, therefore, manages to respond to the needs of farmers in times less than what was done before taking over, and with amounts of compensation many times greater than those granted during the previous period,” the announcement emphasizes.

When the process of individual checks by the ELGA echelons on the agricultural holdings in question is completed, the final grant amounts to the agricultural holdings for both the main occupation farmers and non-main occupation farmers will be determined, which will be launched after the restoration, as will be provided by the next GLA.

“Before 8 months are even over, 50% advances are being made for plant capital damage to those farmers affected by the fires of 2023. No farmer should feel alone, in the face of all kinds of disasters, because we are always by his side,” he said. Minister of Rural Development and Food, Lefteris Avgenakis.

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