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ActusQ Newsletter May 2024

ActusQ May newsletter about current topicalities in Latvian agricultural sector has been published! At the end of the newsletter you will find selected agricultural real estate offers.

The Rural Support Service invites farmers to apply for area payments in time

The Rural Support Service (RSS) invites farmers to apply for area payments as soon as possible, so that in cases where consultations are needed, they can be received in time. Farmers can apply for payments until May 22 of this year, with a delay reduction sanction until June 17, by filling out the geospatial application in the RSS Electronic Application System. Also this year, RSS accepts applications from small farms by phone.

In 2024, the requirements for receiving area and animal payments have not changed significantly, the number and types of support measures are also the same as they were in the previous season. Information about the changes can be read in the RSS post “Farmers can apply for area payments until May 22“.

If you have questions and need more information about applying for area payments, please call the customer service number +371 67095000 (on woekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or visit the Customer Service Centers in person.

The Rural Support Service continues the started approach and also organizes consultations in various places in Latvia, during which RSS employees help to fill out the geospatial application. The current consultation schedule can be viewed on the RSS website “RSS consultations on the submission of area payments“.

Information source: Rural Support Service

Support measures in the forestry sector

From January 2 to February 2, 2024, the Rural Support Service (RSS) invites to submit project applications for two support measures in the forestry sector.

The purpose of these activities is to plant, restore and replace the forest stands, as well as to provide the maintenance of planted areas and the thinning of young forest stands.

LA7 – “INVESTMENTS FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY”

The amount of public funding – EUR 13.5 million.
The funds are intended to be directed to the following activities:

  • for thinning young stands and replacing forest stands –
    EUR 8 million;
  • for afforestation activity – EUR 2 million;
  • for the restoration of forest stands destroyed by forest fires
    and natural disasters – EUR 3.5 million.

LA8 – “SUPPORT FOR THE IMPROVEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF THE RESILIENCE AND ECOLOGICAL VALUE OF FOREST ECOSYSTEMS”

The amount of public funding – EUR 3.5 million.

Aid rates and intensity:

  • Afforestation – 1123 EUR/ha, intensity 60%;
  • Restoration after disasters – 1085 EUR/ha, intensity 100%;
  • Forest stand replacement – 1161 EUR/ha, intensity 60%;
  • Thinning – 440 EUR/ha, intensity 60%;
  • Agrotechnical maintenance – 204 EUR/ha, intensity 60% or 100%.

The deadline for the implementation of the submitted projects, if thinning of young forest stands and/or forest planting or stand replacement (without further maintenance) is carried out, is April 1, 2025.

On the other hand, in cases of additional agrotechnical maintenance the deadline is April 1, 2027.

Terms and conditions of the support measure and detailed information are available on the RSS website. Project applications must be submitted using the Electronic Application System of the RSS.

Support is available in accordance with the conditions of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Strategic Plan of the Common Agricultural Policy for 2023-2027.

Information source: Rural Support Service

Emergency support for fruit growers and livestock farmers

According to the regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers of November 7, 2023 no. 641 “Regulations for granting emergency support to farmers in the field of fruit and berry, dairy and meat cattle, sheep, goat and horse breeding”, applicants for support in fruit growing and livestock breeding can submit support applications in the Electronic Application System of the Rural Support Service (RSS).

Support for fruit and berry farms:

  • to cover the economic losses caused by the 2023 spring frost and frost damage;
  • support is granted only to those fruit and berry growers who submitted their fruit and berry orchards affected by the spring frosts and frosts of 2023 to be surveyed by the RSS from June 5 to 20, 2023, and whose fruit growing areas were surveyed on site by the Latvian Rural Consultation and Education Center or inspectors of the State Plant Protection Service.
  • The support application can be submitted until November 21 of this year.

Support for livestock farms (breeders of dairy and beef cattle, sheep, goats and horses) to partially cover the costs of purchasing fodder.

Support is granted to those livestock farms if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • revenue from agricultural activity have significantly decreased;
  • revenue from agricultural activity per one unit of cattle have significantly decreased;
  • the number of cattle units has significantly decreased;
  • the income from agricultural activity per kilogram of milk delivered to the first buyer has significantly decreased;
  • revenue from agricultural activity per one unit of sold cattle have significantly decreased.

The application for receiving support can be submitted until December 1 of this year.

The Ministry of Agriculture has already reported that the total emergency aid granted by the EU to fruit growers and livestock farmers is 6,796,780 euros.

More detailed information on the LAD website.

Source of information: Ministry of Agriculture

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Farmers will start receiving the advance of basicĀ income support for sustainability from October 16

The European Commission has decided to enable EU member states, including Latvia, to pay a larger advance on basic income support for sustainability (BISS) and organic farming payment (OFP). Advance of BISS will be paid in the amount of 70%, and advance of OFP – in the amount of 85%.

The Rural Support Service (RSS) will start the first advance payments on October 16. The advance will be received by farmers whose farms have completed the verification of compliance conditions, therefore the Ministry of Agriculture and the RSS invites farmers to verify in the electronic application system whether all the necessary additional information has been submitted to the Rural Support Service.

This year, the BISS preliminary support rate will be approximately 88 euros/ha, of which 70% will be paid in advance payment, i.e. approximately 61 euros/ha.

On the other hand, in regions with special conditions, i.e. regions in which the duration of the vegetation period is shorter than 195 days and the quality assessment of agricultural land is less than 38 points, or which has borders with countries that are not EU members, the preliminary support rate of BISS will be approximately 98 euros/ha, from which will cost approximately 68 euros/ha in advance payment.

For organic farms, the OFP rate this year is from 43 to 518 euros/ha, depending on the crops grown.

Information source: Ministry of Agriculture