Each farmer can receive up to €7,000 from EU funds – Peter Agius

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Farmers may be entitled to €7,000 in compensation due to COVID-19 affecting sales. This was announced on Facebook by Dr Peter Agius, a past candidate for the European Parliament.

Agius told Newsbook.com.mt that these measures were agreed upon in Brussels. Individual farmers can receive up to €7,000 in compensation, while farming companies can receive up to €50,000 in European funds. He added that the Government must act fast to ensure that farmers are compensated for the lack of sales, since the funds must be depleted by the end of the year.

Dr Agius went on to say that other countries have already subsidised their farmers, and that Maltese families depend on local products. Should farmers not be adequately compensated, there would be less choice in products, which would also be more expensive.

Newsbook.com.mt also spoke to the Pig Breeders Cooperative Society Ltd.’s President, Mario Abela. He confirmed that sales have declined drastically due to restaurants and hotels being closed. This is since they usually make up some 50% of all local pork sales. He added that the price of imported pork has been lowered, which is why many are purchasing imported pork instead of local.

Abela stated that the cooperative needs help, since expenses are mounting while sales are declining, adding that without help, there may no longer be any local pork for sale.