Poland: We are restoring the complementary area payment for farms
"We are restoring the complementary area payment. We deliver on our promises. Our commitment under the Polish Governance will be fulfilled this year for farms with an area of up to 30 ha. They will receive payments above the European average", announced Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Henryk Kowalczyk.
The head of the Ministry of Agriculture reminded that such a payment was used from 2004 to 2014. The payment will be granted under the same conditions as in 2013.
"These payments come from the national budget and every year we plan to allocate about PLN 400 million for them", added the Deputy Prime Minister.
Deputy Prime Minister Kowalczyk informed that from next year farmers managing an area of up to 50 ha will also receive direct payments at a level above the EU average.
Undersecretary of State Krzysztof Ciecióra, who participated in today's conference, presented the rules for granting the supplementary payment.
"The payment will be due to the most important crops on arable land, in particular to: cereals, oilseeds, protein crops. As part of this payment, there will be no area limit and all farmers applying for the single basic payment (SAP) will be entitled to receive it", said Deputy Minister Ciecióra.
The rate of payment will be determined as for other direct payments on the basis of the actual area eligible for payment declared by farmers in their applications. It can amount to approx. 40 PLN / ha.
Disbursement of appropriations in this respect will start in mid-October this year, as part of advances on direct payments.
"In addition, the complementary basic payment will be granted to arable land on which no crops are grown. According to the CAP reform adopted in June 2003, direct payments in the European Union are decoupled from agricultural production, because their primary goal is to support agricultural incomes, not to create incentives to increase production", emphasized Undersecretary of State Krzysztof Ciecióra. ■