Almost RON 552 million disbursed to Romanian farmers

Disbursements made so far on account of per hectare subsidizes stand at RON 551.9 million, Minister of Agriculture Ilie Sarbu on Thursday told a press conference.
„The number of farmers who received account statements from the banks is 303,429, although a higher number of farmers are included in the scheme,” said Sarbu.
According to experts, the money was effectively transferred into the accounts.
According to data of the Payment and Intervention Agency for Agriculture (APIA), on May 26, the amount approved for payment was RON of 1.034 billion (EUR 276.4 million) for a number of 406,264 farmers, of which RON 551.9 million (EUR 147.5 million) effectively transferred to 303,429 farmers.
Most approved applications were registered in the eastern counties of Vaslui – 25,828 out of 43,424 filed applications, Botosani – 24,297 (out of a total of 48,308), and in Teleorman (south) – 24,297 (out of 34,594 applications).
The amounts were paid pursuant to the applications filed for support schemes under the SAPS 2008 (single area payment scheme); the total number of applicants was 1,130,197.
The financial earmarks under the 2008 SAPS stand at EUR 826.1 million.
The area payment schemes / measures are financed from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the state budget through the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD).
In 2007, the first year when these subsidizes have been assigned, the farmers received 97 euros per hectare from the European funds and the national budget, while last year the subsidy was increased to 109 euros per hectare.
For the 2009 campaign, the financial earmark is of approximately one billion euros, which is about 115.9 euros per hectare.
According to APIA, 1,048,096 applications were submitted nationwide by May 14, 2009 for financial support from European funds and the national budget.

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