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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

Lauksaimniecības zeme

Farmers will start receiving the advance of basic 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

Atbalsts gados jaunajiem lauksaimniekiem uzņēmējdarbības uzsākšanai

Support for young farmers to start a business

From September 20 to October 20, 2023, young farmers can apply for support in the event “Support for young farmers to start a business“. Public funding is 7.48 million euros.

The maximum amount of support is 40 thousand euros with 100% support intensity, it can be received in at least two payments: 80% in advance and 20% after the completion of the business plan.

The purpose of the event is to promote the involvement of young people in agriculture, to ensure the renewal of the workforce and the replacement of generations in the agricultural sector, and to support the desire of young people to farm in order to produce agricultural products or to take over an existing farm.

Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Iveta Oša, says: “This is the first round of project acceptance for young farmers in the period of 2023-2027. There are several changes in the conditions for receiving support. The condition for the initial minimum size of the farm is no longer valid, only economic activity can be started. The duration of economic activity before submitting the project may not exceed five years, in the previous period it was two years. The new farmer can take over all or part of the farm, including production resources. When describing the size of the farm, it should be taken into account that the total net turnover in the previous completed year before submitting the project application does not exceed 150 thousand euros. Also, the set achievable economic goals and indicators for each farm are individual. The requirement for registration of lease agreements in the Land Registry is no longer relevant.”

The funding available for this project round is distributed according to the principle of regionalization, taking into account the data on the area declared for the single area payment in 2022. More information about conditions and the funding available for each region can be found on the website of the Rural Support Service “Support for young farmers to start a business“.

Project submissions must be submitted using the Electronic Application System of Rural Support Service.

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

Information source: Rural Support Service