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85% of Cypriot beneficiary farmers have small plots, Panagiotou said in Brussels

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    85% of Cypriot beneficiaries have small plots, Panagiotou said in Brussels – She welcomed the Commission's proposal for flexibility in the implementation of controls

    Farmers with small plots make up more than 85% of the beneficiaries of subsidiesof the Common Agricultural Policy in Cyprus, noted the Minister of Agriculture Maria Panagiotou in her intervention during the work of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH) held in Brussels on Tuesday with the aim of dealing with the situation in the agricultural sector.

    < p>Mrs. Panagiotou, according to a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, expressed her satisfaction with the Commission's proposal for flexibility in the implementation of controls concerning farmers with small plots of land, as well as with the proposals to strengthen the position of farmers in the agri-food chain, such as the creation of a European observatory for production costs, profit margins and commercial practices.

    However, the Minister of Agriculture added, the above cannot bring about the desired result without further support of farmers.

    Tuesday's AGRIFISH Council welcomed the Commission's recent proposals to simplify provisions of the Common Agricultural Policy and reduce the administrative burden, which are expected to be approved in April.

    Ministers also discussed the state of markets in the agricultural sector and the challenges facing farmers due to climate change, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.

    In the context of the discussion, Mrs. Panagiotou emphasized that the current situation increases the insecurity of farmers, noting that in Cyprus the problems have increased due to the ongoing drought. He agreed with the proposal of other member states to extend the temporary crisis framework for financial support for farmers and called on the Commission to proceed with taking more support measures.

    As regards fishing issues, Cyprus supported the initiative of of Portugal to continue emergency support to fishermen for the period 2023 and 2024, through the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund 2021 – 2027.

    It is noted that the Council approved, without discussion, the new Regulation on Geographical Indications and quality systems.

    The provisions of the new Regulation, in essence, extend up to 2029, instead of July 2024, the possibility of determining the proportion of milk used to make halloumi is added. within twenty days of its publication.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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