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Extremadura will receive 2.35 million euros for 646 dairy farmers

Dairy cows of Casar de Cáceres. / TODAY

Of these millions, 462,335 euros will go to cow producers, 836,079 euros to sheep producers and 1,052,077 euros to goat producers


The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, has announced that his department began yesterday the payment of 159.3 million euros to 18,797 cattle, goat and sheep milk producers who are beneficiaries of the specific direct aid package for the dairy sector included in the national plan of response to the economic and social consequences of the war in Ukraine.

Extremadura will receive more than two million euros, 2,350,492 specifically, of which 462,335 will go to cattle producers, 836,079 to sheep producers and 1,052,077 to goat producers. A total of 646 farmers will benefit from the aid, explains the Government Delegation in a press release.

Luis Planas has pointed out that the payment of this aid “is the fulfillment of a commitment approved by the Government and support for a sector that needs it due to its vulnerability and importance in the agri-food sector.” He has reiterated that it is an “exceptional” measure for an “exceptional” situation and that it was adopted urgently.

The support program against the consequences of the war in Ukraine includes a set of measures for the agricultural and fishing sectors that represent more than 430 million euros in direct aid, in addition to others of a fiscal, labor and social nature, which are collected in Royal Decree-Law 6/2022, of March 29, approved by the Council of Ministers.

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This set of measures includes a specific line of 169 million euros for milk producers, which aims to compensate for the increase in production costs of one of the most affected primary sector activities due to the increase in the price of electricity, animal feed and fuel, derived from the situation created by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The beneficiaries of this aid are natural or legal persons who own cattle, sheep or goat milk production farms. In this first payment of 159.3 million euros out of the total of the 169 million established in Royal Decree Law 6/2022, 118.7 million have been paid to cow’s milk producers, 29.8 million to those of sheep milk and 10.8 million to goat milk producers.

Regarding the calculation of the amount of aid to be received, section 5 of article 31 of Royal Decree-Law 6/2022 establishes the maximum unit amounts per head of cattle. Based on the data on eligible farms, and the number of eligible heads of cattle, sheep or goats, and to avoid exceeding the total maximum amount estimated per species, a linear adjustment has been made to the unit amounts indicated in the royal decree and the final unit amounts have been established.

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