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Bulgaria: 715.6 million euros in aid to producers

Staff writer |
New rules and schemes for direct payments to growers in 2015 have been presented by the Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture, Desislava Taneva.

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The total budget for direct payments this campaign amounts to over 1.4 billion Lev (715.6 million euros), which will be divided into a number of different schemes, one with coupled payments, which will be applied for the first time.

The basic scheme for direct payments in Bulgaria to 2020 will be the Single Payment Scheme (SAPS). The budget for it in 2015 is expected to reach about 597 million Lev (305.15 million euros). Green payments will have a budget of 464 million Lev (237.17 million euros) and will require the implementation of crop diversification, measures for grassland preservation and the protection of ecologically-oriented areas.

Under the redistributive scheme, all growers will receive a higher subsidy for the first 300 hectares; for the implementation of this scheme, a budget of 109 million Lev (55.71 million euros) has been allocated. The scheme for young growers will receive about 7 million Lev (3.58 million euros) and will enable young growers (younger than 40 years old) to receive a supplement of 25% to the SAPS payment for their first 300 hectares.

For their part, coupled support schemes in 2015 will receive about 232 million Lev (118.58 million euros). The fruit and vegetables sector will be allocated 79 million Lev (40.38 million euros) and have access to three separate coupled support schemes intended for fruit, open field and greenhouse vegetables.

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