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European Commission approves €1.3 million disbursement for Estonian farmers

The European Commission has decided to earmark €1.3 million in EU support, open to matching by the Estonian government, for Estonian farmers affected by heavy rainfall.

The aid provided is part of an aid package of €15 million being distributed across the three Baltic states and Finland. All four member states will be allowed match received EU funding up to 100 percent, and will have until Sept. 30, 2018 to use the aid provided.

"The Commission is aware of these particularly unfortunate conditions and is therefore delivering on the promise made by President [Jean-Claude] Juncker to provide support to the affected farmers," the Commission said in a press release.

In addition to extreme weather conditions during the harvest period lasting from August to October, the early arrival of winter weather, which brought with it snow and low air temperatures, made sowing conditions extremely unfavorable.

As a result, much of the sowing for the 2018-2019 marketing season was not completed, resulting in further foregone revenue for farmers.

Under the same measure, Latvia is to receive €3.5 million and Lithuania €9.2 million.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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