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Germany's subsidies to favour small farmers, greening

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Staff writer ▼ | November 14, 2013
Germany is to change the way it distributes the 6.2 billion euros of farming subsidies it receives every year from the EU, disbursing more towards small and medium-sized enterprises and eco-farming practices, report EurActiv Germany.
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Germany farmersGermany is to change the way it distributes the 6.2 billion euros of farming subsidies it receives every year from the EU, disbursing more towards small and medium-sized enterprises and eco-farming practices, report EurActiv Germany.


The new plan, agreed by agriculture ministers from the 16 German Länder, states, on 4 November, small and medium-sized farms will get extra support, while larger producers will receive fewer funds.

"German farmers will be given planning security up to the year 2020 and can make decisions about their future", said Peter Bleser, state secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.

The distribution of funds was hotly contested, as subsidies for German farmers will be cut by 10%. In the end though, all the Länder unanimously voted for the compromise.

According to the agreement, German farmers will receive a total of €6.2 billion. Funds will be divided into two pillars: direct payment to farmers and support programmes for rural infrastructure and eco-farming; 220 million euros (4.5%) will be redistributed from the first pillar to the second. Ministers from the Green Party had originally called for 15%.


 

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