NEW FARMER SUPPORT MEASURES TO BE ACTIVATED BY EU COMMISSION

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NEW FARMER SUPPORT MEASURES TO BE ACTIVATED BY EU COMMISSION
15 Mar 2016

NEW FARMER SUPPORT MEASURES TO BE ACTIVATED BY EU COMMISSION

Dairy, Pigs

The EU Commission has announced a package of measures to support farmers during the current income crisis. The package was agreed following this week’s meeting of the EU Agriculture Council.

Measures include:

  • Doubling of intervention ceilings for skimmed milk powder and butter
  • Temporary increase in allowable state aid to €15,000 per year per farmer with no national ceiling
  • Market observatory for the beef and pig meat sectors to be created
  • Additional funding for promotional support for exports of pigmeat and dairy products
  • Further private storage aid supports for more pig products to be examined
  • Commission wants Member States to prioritise engagement with EIB to develop appropriate financial instruments to assist farmers and processors
  • Voluntary dairy supply management to be allowed on a temporary basis
  • Feasibility of an export credit scheme to supplement schemes run on a national basis to be examined.

IFA reaction

IFA continues to call for greater flexibility under enhanced APS powder scheme; at least one year’s suspension on Superlevy repayments; suspension of EU import tariffs on fertilisers; and, all measures necessary to reverse the Russian ban on imports.

Read more IFA reaction here. 

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