The Sectoral Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development has agreed on the distribution among the different Autonomous Communities of 156,369,174.69 euros for the financing of different agricultural and livestock programmes.
Most of this, 147.5 million euros, corresponds to investments included in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR) managed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
The funds for investment aid under the PRTR agreed at the Sectoral Conference chaired by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, by videoconference, correspond to the lines of precision agriculture (C3.I4) and biosecurity (C3.I3).
In the case of investments in precision agriculture, energy efficiency and circular economy and in the use of renewable energies and gases in the agricultural and livestock sector, the territorialisation of 101.8 million euros corresponding to the second annuity, 2022, has been agreed.
In addition, it has also been agreed to distribute 33.03 million euros from the third annual instalment (2023), so that the Autonomous Communities can meet all the applications received in 2022 and publish new calls for applications in 2023 with the resulting credit. The total amount of the territorialised amount of this agreed line therefore totals more than 134.8 million euros.
The objective of this aid is to improve the sustainability, competitiveness and resilience of the agri-food sector from an economic, environmental and social point of view. The actions foreseen in this programme cover a wide range of equipment, devices and software applications with diverse technological scope, which can be combined in investment projects aimed at achieving specific sustainability objectives on farms.
The line of reinforcement of training and biosecurity systems totals 12,700,000 euros, divided equally between actions in nurseries and in cleaning and disinfection centres (6,350,000 euros each). The aim of this investment is to reinforce biosecurity conditions as a decisive element in preventing the spread of animal diseases or pests and harmful organisms in plants.
The Sectoral Conference also agreed on the territorial distribution of a further 8.7 million euros for various animal and plant health and production aid programmes.
Thus, for the animal disease eradication programme, 3,300,294.46 euros have been approved for territorial distribution, complementing what was already agreed at the Sectoral Conference last May, and which will go to the regions of Andalusia and Castile and Leon to cover the costs caused by the Newcastle disease and avian influenza.
Similarly, 2,497,067.59 euros will go to the pest prevention and control line. Once all the requests from the Autonomous Communities at the Sector Conference in May had been dealt with, this new territorialisation will cover new requests from the Autonomous Communities of Catalonia and Valencia for pest prevention and control.
It has also been agreed to distribute 3,000,000 euros to the Canary Islands, in addition to the 18,000,000 euros already territorialised in May, in support of agricultural production within the framework of the Programme of Specific Options due to remoteness and insularity (POSEI). The increase in the allocation for this line will make it possible to mitigate the effects of the current economic situation resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the sustained increase in production costs, which, together with the constraints of insularity, affect Canary Island farmers and livestock breeders.