The delegate of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Antonio Mena, has visited a farm in the municipality of Oria, in the “Paraje del Campillo”, whose owner, Cristina Antolin, is dedicated to the cultivation of almond trees in dry farming, with a total area of 20 hectares. During the meeting, the delegate was able to inform her of the measure implemented by the Government of the Junta de Andalucía to improve the situation of farmers in the province of Almería. Mena told him that the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development has launched the advance payment of CAP aid, which in the case of Almeria will mean receiving nearly 13.5 million euros for 4,882 agricultural producers. To date, 86.68% of the applications submitted have been paid, which is a very important relief for producers in Almeria.
In the case of this young farmer, she has been under the call for aid of the Order of 3 September 2018, and has already completed the installation process. Mena explained that “the advance payment of CAP aid demonstrates the interest of the Junta de Andalucía in putting these European funds in the hands of producers as soon as possible, so that they can develop a strategic and key sector for our province”.
The delegate recalled that “it is the regional governments that decide whether to advance this aid or not, and in the case of Andalusia, from the very first moment the Andalusian government has been clear about the importance of helping producers with this money”. Mena added that “the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development has already begun to pay out 838 million euros corresponding to the advance payment of CAP aid for 2022 for 206,680 Andalusians, 70 percent of the aid granted by Brussels”.
Andalusia is thus committed, for yet another year, to getting these European funds into the hands of producers as soon as possible. In terms of the different types of aid, two types of aid should be highlighted: the “Basic Payment”, the amount transferred in Almeria has exceeded 6.2 million euros, and the payment for agricultural practices beneficial to the climate and the environment, known as the “Green Payment”, which amounts to 2.8 million euros. Aid for young farmers amounts to more than 74,000 euros and the small farmers’ scheme amounts to more than 509,000 euros.
As far as livestock farming in Almeria is concerned, the payment of aid for the sheep and goat sector has also been brought forward, and they will receive more than two million euros. This is a measure that the agricultural and livestock sector in Almeria has been grateful for, at a time when production costs are very high and the rise in inflation is doing so much damage to the primary sector.
On the other hand, the Territorial Delegation has stressed that due to the impact that the drought is having on the Andalusian countryside, a reduction in the amount of living plant cover required for woody crops has been established. While the eco-regime provides for a period of four months a year, Andalusian farmers will be able to receive subsidies by maintaining this measure only between 15 January and 14 March 2023. This period also means delaying the application of this environmental requirement as much as possible in order to give more time to the formation of plant cover.