State planning to allocate €15.8 million to agriculture sector

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Holstein/Frisian dairy cows in Estonia. Source: Olev Kenk/ERR

The Riigikogu's rural affairs committee has approved a government proposal of allocating €15.8 million in state aid to various agricultural sectors, committee chairman Tarmo Tamm (Center) announced on Monday.

According to Tamm's post on social media on Monday, the state aid will be distributed as follows:

  • dairy farmers - €4.3 million
  • pig farmers - €3.67 million
  • cattle farmers - €2.2 million
  • strawberry growers - €1.65 million
  • organic cereal growers - €1.5 million
  • potato growers €1.13 million
  • sheep and goat farmers - €0.7 million
  • vegetable growers - €0.53 million
  • organic egg growers €0.1 million
  • quail breeders - €0.03 million (€30,000)

Tamm explained that the previous government had proposed allocating €12 million from the government's reserves last November. The current government added €3.8 million to the state support package from the Rural Development Foundation's resources.

The aid increase, approved by the cabinet on February 26 after being proposed by rural affairs minister Urmas Kruuse (Reform) will bring total support for agriculture to €15.8 million in total, i.e. a 32 percent increase.

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