Over 4,800 arable farmers are set to benefit from €1.5 million in financial assistance launched by the government, as part of a €4 million budget dedicated to farmers and livestock producers to help them overcome the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The sector has been hit hard as a result of a number of adverse circumstances brought about by the pandemic, not least reduced consumption from the tourism and restaurant sectors – which generate a high demand for fresh produce. Small farmers, who are highly dependent on these sectors, were particularly badly affected.
“This financial assistance is a clear demonstration that as a government we have sought to be mindful of everyone, including farmers,” Economy Minister Silvio Schembri maintained. “We will continue to monitor the situation and make the necessary decisions in the best interest of farmers as we have always done.”
The aid is to be granted to all those farmers who had applied to the Agency for Agricultural and Rural Payments last year, who will benefit from a payment rate of €200 per hectare of eligible land.