„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 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.
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 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).
According to APIA, 1,048,096 applications were submitted nationwide by May 14, 2009 for financial support from European funds and the national budget.