Young Farmers to Receive Millions in Support

By 9 September 2019

ZAGREB, September 9, 2019 - The Paying Agency for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development on Monday signed 146 new agreements worth a total of 45.7 million kuna intended for young farmers.

The agreements were concluded within the EU-funded scheme for young farmers.

Attending the ceremony, Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković underscored the ministry's priority in the generational renewal of farms and rural areas.

Without that support, without young people, without renewing the agriculture sector, there is no future, she said.

To date there have been three rounds of calls for applications for support for young farmers and 1,343 projects have been approved and after today that number will be 1,489. In the first two calls for applications 644 projects were approved and an additional 699 were approved in the third round of applications.

The total amount of support to date amounts to 512 million kuna, Minister Vučković underlined.

She informed of the results of these measures over the past two years - the number of family farms run by young people has grown from 20,000 to 22,300.

Young farmers account for 13% of the total agricultural businesses which is twice as much as in the EU, she said and added that the objective is to increase that share to 20%.

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