The Sectoral Conference on Agriculture is distributing 12 million euros among the autonomous communities affected by the Ciril squall.

Nov 17, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Post, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition, Uncategorized

This line provides support for the stone fruit, pip fruit and nuts sectors, which were the most affected by the frosts that occurred last April.

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The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, chaired the Sectoral Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development, which approved the distribution among the autonomous communities of 12,050,000 euros in aid for fruit conditioning plants affected by the frosts associated with last April’s storm Ciril.

The beneficiaries are the fruit and vegetable producer organisations, the entities that own the conditioning plants, to ensure their viability, according to Minister Planas.

This line provides support for companies in the stone fruit, pip fruit and dried fruit sectors, which were the worst affected by the aforementioned squall. This will help to alleviate the loss of turnover suffered by these companies as the volume of fruit they process and condition has been significantly reduced, making it difficult to cover their fixed costs, he explained.

The territorialisation of funds, which has been based on the applications received from the autonomous communities, is as follows:

Distribution of funds among the Autonomous Communities affected by tropical storm Ciril

The Minister explained that the Government considered that it was necessary to supplement the agricultural insurance compensation to which the farms were entitled with this aid to the fruit and vegetable centres. According to Agroseguros data, the frosts caused by the Ciril squall affected 93,000 hectares of fruit crops and have meant a volume of compensation of more than 244 million euros.

The minister reiterated the importance of taking out insurance, which he said is one of the fundamental pillars of the Spanish agricultural system, together with the food chain law and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), especially in a scenario of climate change such as the current one. As of 30 October, Agroseguros had assessed compensation worth 714 million euros as a result of climatic accidents, which means that the total for 2022 is expected to exceed the 722 million euros reached the previous year.