Around 665,000 producers will be able to submit their single application for this aid until 30 April. The total amount of direct aid for the 2022 campaign amounts to 4,856 million euros, which can be paid from 16 October.
Around 665,000 agricultural and livestock producers will be able to submit their single application for direct aid under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2022 from tomorrow, 1 February. The deadline will remain open until 30 April. The total amount of this aid is 4,856 million euros, which can be paid in the form of advances from 16 October, with the balance to be paid from 1 December.
By means of a single application, producers can apply for all their aid in one go. It is very important to fill in the application correctly and to submit it within the established deadline in order to avoid penalties or even the non-receipt of aid.
As in previous years, the single application must be addressed to the competent authority of the Autonomous Community in which the farm or the majority of its surface area is located. If the area is not available, the application must be submitted to the Autonomous Community in which the largest number of animals is located.
The direct aid that can be applied for is set out in the Royal Decree approved at the end of 2014, and amended on 29 December 2021, on the application form that year onwards of direct payments to agriculture and livestock farming. This regulation describes the requirements to be eligible for each aid and the minimum information that the single application must contain.
Types of aid
The following types of support are available in 2022:
- Decoupled support schemes.
Basic payment to farmers (“basic payment scheme”).
Payment for farmers applying agricultural practices beneficial to the climate and the environment (“green payment”).
Supplementary payment for young farmers who start farming.
Payment of the small farmers’ scheme.
- Specific area-related aid schemes:
Cotton crop-specific payment.
- Voluntary coupled support schemes, in application of Article 52 of Regulation (EU) 1307/2013.
Coupled support for rice cultivation.
Coupled support for protein crops.
Coupled support for nuts and locust beans.
coupled support for quality pulses
Coupled aid for sugar beet.
coupled support for industrial tomatoes
Coupled support for farms keeping suckler cows.
Coupled support for fattening cattle farms.
Coupled support for dairy cattle farms.
Coupled support for sheep holdings.
Coupled support for goat farms.
Coupled support for dairy cattle farmers who maintained special entitlements in 2014 and do not have eligible hectares for the activation of basic payment entitlements.
Coupled support for fattening cattle farmers who maintained special entitlements in 2014 and do not have eligible hectares for the activation of basic payment entitlements.
Coupled support for sheep and goat farmers who maintained special entitlements in 2014 and do not have eligible hectares for the activation of basic payment entitlements.
Regarding the basic payment scheme, as in previous years, farmers can find out the value of their basic payment entitlements for the 2022 campaign through the public consultation created for this purpose on the website of the Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (FEGA).
Applications for rural development programmes, national reserves and transfers of entitlements
The 1 February is also the deadline for submitting applications for payment of measures under the rural development programmes of the Autonomous Communities included in the integrated management and control system (basically area aid and livestock aid). It will also be possible to make the communication of transfer of basic payment entitlements and the application for entitlements for the National Basic Payment Reserve, which is mainly aimed at young farmers and those producers who are new to farming and who have the appropriate training and skills in the agricultural sector.
In order to facilitate the completion of the single application and taking into account that all applicants must submit the so-called ‘graphic declaration’ of all the agricultural parcels of the holding, in accordance with the Geographical Information System for the Identification of Agricultural Parcels (SIGPAC), the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food makes the necessary information available to applicants through access to this through its website (www.mapa.gob.es), and that of the FEGA, as well as that of the corresponding Autonomous Communities.
A series of technical notes on the different aid schemes included in the single application can also be consulted on the FEGA website, including all the new developments for the 2022 marketing year. As this is the second year of the transitional period of the CAP 2021-2022, the conditions for receiving aid are almost entirely similar to those of previous years.