The Agency for Payments and Intervention for Agriculture (APIA) has started receiving unique payment applications for 2019. The last day of submissions will be May 15. Unique payment applications are submitted to APIA county centers for farmers requesting an area of more than 50 hectares of agricultural land and local APIA centers for farmers requesting an area of less than or equal to 50 hectares of agricultural land.
Farmers will submit a single application even if they have land in different localities or counties.
According to APIA, the lessee, the concessionaire, the locator and/or the renter do not benefit from land payments or rented, leased, leased and/or loaned for use.
Romania, as a Member State of the European Union, benefits from European funds through support schemes/transitional national aid schemes as support mechanisms for agricultural producers, namely the Single Area Payment Scheme (SAPS) redistributive payment, payment for agricultural practices beneficial to the climate and the environment, payment for young farmers, payment for small farmers, coupled support scheme in the vegetable and livestock sector.
Also, Romanian farmers receive subsidies for compensatory measures for rural development: Measure 10 – Agri-environment and Climate, Measure 11 – Organic Farming, Measure 13 – Payments to areas facing natural constraints or other specific constraints (NRDP 2014-2020) but also transitional national aid (NTA) granted in the plant and livestock sector.
The total amount allocated to Romania from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) in 2019 amounts to EUR 1.94 billion.
In order to efficiently use the time APIA has reserved for receiving applications in the 2019 campaign, farmers are asked to present the date and time they are scheduled according to the invitation they received.
“Regarding the number of farmers to be checked on their land in 2019, in view of the results of the controls in 2018, the APIA foresees a decrease. This number is variable and depends to a large extent on the number of schemes requested by farmers and we would like to point out that on the selection check the farmers who have changed the requests for support compared to the previous year can be selected for checks this year also with a higher likelihood than those who have no changes in the single payment requests ,” says APIA representatives.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Petre Daea, recently said that the deadline for submitting applications, namely March 1 – May 15, would not change in 2019, and the rules have to be followed.