The Department of Agriculture of Aragon has announced these subsidies that will prioritize the professionalism of farmers, fruit and herbaceous crops, extensive livestock and fighting.
This call for subsidies to the cost of contracting agricultural insurance for the financial year 2021 has been approved by the Governing Council with an amount of 8.3 million euros of own funds of the Aragonese Executive, which are added to the amount contributed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Food through ENESA, which amounts to 23.2 million euros.
In total, 31.5 million euros will be available with a support intensity of 40%, which will rise to 65% -the maximum allowed by the European Union-, in the case of young farmers in their first five years from its installation.
The call will improve support for priority farms, those with greater professionalism, fruit and herbaceous crops and also in a special way, fighting livestock and extensive cattle and sheep.
73% are insured
The total cost of contracting the different agricultural insurance policies in Aragon has amounted to 76 million euros this season. As insurance lines with the greatest economic impact, fruit trees, extensive herbaceous crops and the removal and destruction of animal carcasses stand out, accounting for 37%, 12% and 30% of the subsidy assigned respectively.
The insured capital for the value of the productions in 2020, amounted to 1,276 million euros (984 in the part of crops and 291 in livestock) corresponding to 888,800 hectares and more than 50 million animals. In the case of agricultural productions, whose Final Production value according to the Agrarian Macromagnitudes amounts to 1,347.5 million euros, 73% of the production value is insured.
The claims affected 109,000 hectares
In 2020, the accumulated accidents affected more than 109,000 hectares, distributed in all the Aragonese regions, the most relevant being hail (with some 78,000 hectares affected), hunting fauna (with damage to 9,060 hectares) or wind damage (which affected 4,300 ha). The crops with the greatest damage were extensive herbaceous with 88,000 affected ha, fruit trees with 7,800 and cherries with 3,500.
The payments received by farmers and ranchers as compensation amounted to 55.8 million euros. Of these, 11.5 correspond to the corpse removal and destruction line, 22 million to fruit trees, 8 to extensive herbaceous and 7.8 to cherry.