EC offers further support to European farmers dealing with droughtsStaff Writer | August 3, 2018
The European Commission announced it was standing by Europe's farmers this summer and helping them grapple with the difficulties caused by the recent extreme weather conditions.
Europe Two specific decisions have been taken to help farmers
Higher advanced payments: farmers will be able to receive up to 70% of their direct payment and 85% of payments under rural development already as of mid-October 2018 instead of waiting until December to improve their cash flow situation.
Derogations from specific greening requirements, namely crop diversification and ecological focus area rules on land lying fallow, to allow such land to be used for the production of animal feed.
Consideration is also being given to the adoption of further derogations to greening to allow farmers more flexibility to produce fodder. These measures will be of particular benefit to livestock farmers. ■