Moldova’s Government Allocated €5.07 Million More to the Farmers Affected by the Drought

Moldova’s Government Allocated €5.07 Million More to the Farmers Affected by the Drought
19 August 2020 | 13:43

On August 19, the Government approved a draft decision, allocating €5.07 million to pay compensations to the farmers, who had suffered from droughts. The money was allocated from the Executive Intervention Fund to mitigate the consequences of natural disasters in the agricultural sector.

Thus, the Government will allocate €15.23 million (300 million lei) to farmers, compensating the losses registered in the case of the first-group cereal crops.

“This decision comes as a result of visits to the territory and discussions with farmers,” said Ion Perju, the Minister of Agriculture, Regional Development, and Environment.

The members of the Cabinet also simplified the procedure for granting monetary compensation to farmers. The Government excluded several documents from the Real Estate and Leases Registers from the list of mandatory documents. 

According to Perju, the whole process of obtaining subsidies will take about two weeks.

The authorities urge the farmers to submit the necessary documents to the Agency for Intervention and Payments for Agriculture to receive compensation amounting to over 75 euros (1,500 lei) per hectare. However, the farmers were dissatisfied with the 75 euros offered by the authorities. They were asking for over 150 euros (3,000 lei) for one hectare.

During today’s government meeting, Prime Minister Ion Chicu stated that the Government has fulfilled the promises made. However, deputy Alexandru Slusari, the leader of the Truth and Dignity Platform Party parliamentary faction, accuses the Government of not keeping their word, adding that the farmers are tired of promises. Slusari mentioned that the farmers are asking for a compensation of 150 euros (3,000 lei) for one-hectare. The farmers are also asking the authorities to search for solutions to compensate for the losses for the second cereal group. 

On August 11, farmers announced protests. On August 13, several tractors marched towards Chișinău. The farmers demanded the authorities to declare a state of emergency in agriculture and to be exempted from paying income and land taxes. The farmers also demanded the authorities to offer compensations that will cover the costs of procuring seeds, and offer financial support for the damages caused by the massive hail. The farmers asked the Minister of Agriculture to explain why the anti-hail systems didn’t work properly. 

After the Prime Minister and some farmers exchanged several brief remarks, Prime Minister Chicu met with the ministers on August 15. The government made it easier for farmers to ask for financial support if they registered a loss higher than 60 percent. According to the government, it is no longer necessary to present documents from the Register of Real Estate or from the Register of Leases. The Government also promised to increase the compensation by 25 euros (500 lei), up to 75 euros (1,500 lei) for each hectare of grain affected by the drought. Farmers were dissatisfied with this amount and demanded around 150 euros (3,000 lei) for one hectare.

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