Beef cattle farmers and citrus growers, the biggest beneficiaries of aid from Ukraine

Carlos Manso ChicoteCONTINUEMadrid Updated:06/07/2022 14:11h
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Little more than two months after Royal Decree-Law 6/2022 was approved, which contained the National Response Plan to the economic and social consequences of the war in Ukraine with measures such as the bonus of 0.20 euros/liter on gasoline and aid for the agricultural and fishing sectors of up to 430 million, the Council of Ministers has given the green light this Tuesday to the regulatory bases and the territorial distribution of the 193.47 million euros for beef, sheep and goat meat, as well as citrus. A support intended to mitigate the economic effects of the war in Ukraine, such as the accentuation of inflationary pressures and the problems in the international markets of raw materials such as wheat and corn.

All these supports must be resolved within a maximum of three months from the publication of this royal decree tomorrow.

In statements at the press conference of the Council of Ministers, the Minister of Agriculture Luis Planas stressed that a large part of the aid to dairy producers has already been paid: 159 million of the 169 million euros committed and recalled that "Spain has supplemented by up to 200% (193.47 million euros) the 64.49 million that we obtained from the European Commission as a result of the rise in the prices of supplies for animal feed and electricity", highlighted the minister. Planas has given as an example that the price of oilseeds has increased "very significantly by 50% last May compared to the prices of May 2021, if we talk about fertilizers the prices are 100% higher, it is have doubled compared to last year's price.

Andalusia and Castilla y León, the most benefited

The Minister of Agriculture has also announced that the aid is already distributed territorially, since it will be the autonomous communities that will make the payment for it. Specifically, the regions that will receive the most will be Andalusia (27.29 million euros), Castilla y León (35.7 million), Extremadura (30.41 million) and the Valencian Community (26.65 million).

Specifically, beef cattle producers will be the most benefited sector and will receive a maximum of 110 million euros, of which 97.7 million will go to suckler cows and 12.3 million to fattening calves. They are followed by citrus fruits (oranges, tangerines, grapefruit...) which will have financing of 38.7 million euros. For its part, sheep and goat meat will receive up to 31.7 million euros for 10 million from poultry meat. Rabbit farming will benefit from support of 3 million euros.

Ceilings and maximum amounts for aid

The royal decree allows the autonomous communities to define the unit amount per animal, farm or eligible hectare that is declared in each territory, although it has established some ceilings and conditions. The economic support received by citrus growers will have maximum amounts per hectare, with the first five hectares being 300 euros/hectare up to 190 euros/hectare between 10 and 30 hectares.

In the case of beef cattle, sheep and goats, the aid may not exceed 60 euros per suckler cow, 12 euros per calf and 5 euros per sheep and goat. In the case of meat poultry, the maximum subsidy will be determined by the capacity of the farm. For example, from 251 to 1,000 beds it will be 600 euros and from 5,001 to 10,000 beds it will rise to 1,200 euros per 3,000 euros for farms that are between 30,001 and 40,000 beds. For farms with more than 50,000 beds, financial support can reach 4,800 euros.

For its part, the regulation will be similar for rabbit producers, with maximum aid per beneficiary according to the capacity of the farm, varying from 2,580 euros (from 50 to 500 places) up to 5,160 euros (1,001 places onwards).

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